Where is Word Count in MS Word for iPhone?

If you’re in a hurry, Hit the Font/Setting icon (an A with a pencil), tap Home and select Review. Word Count is under review.

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I’ve hit the point with Lizard Wong book 2 that I want more writing time. One way to get that is to be able to write on the go. In this mode I tend to write anywhere I get stuck in line. We were stuck waiting for about 45 minutes the other day at Cheesecake Factory so I pounded out a couple of hundred words while my wife checked Facebook. I use OneNote to hold all of my outlines, characters, locations, beats, etc. so that’s always available on my iPhone. I tend two write in Word and sync the files to OneDrive. My publisher wanted everything submitted in Word for my non-fiction books so I’ve gotten very good with it.

I use Writing Journal on the iPhone to track my writing productivity and wanted to write using Word on my phone. It works great but I couldn’t find the word count feature. It was driving me nuts. So I did some searching and found the location in Word for iPad. That gave me enough clues to get digging.

It under the  Font/Setting icon (an A with a pencil), tap Home and select ReviewWord Count is under review. I’m adding this a much for me as for anyone else. That way when I forget I can find it again.

Book Selection

As I look through free Kindle books it has me thinking about how I select a fiction book. Non-fiction is completely different. This is a much a message to me as anything else. I think my fiction selection generally follows this pattern:

  • Author – If it’s by someone I like, nothing else matters. Preston and Child could write a vegetarian cookbook and cover it in a paper bag. I’m in.
  • Cover – Yeah, we know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I’m a visual person. Cover’s tell me a lot. Is this supposed to be a thriller? Is it chick lit? Horror? Romance? A good cover at lease gives me the category. Joel Friedlander knows more about books covers than I ever will. The more of his stuff I read the more I notice covers.
  • Description – I need to know the storyline. If the storyline and the cover match, then I’m really interested. If you give me a chick lit cover on a book about finding Incan gold while being chased by alien frogs I’m put off by the disconnect. It makes me think that you’re sloppy. I don’t care about blurbs. Blurbs are crap. I’ve watched celebrity endorsers scribble out a blurb in 5 seconds flat without knowing jack about the book.
  • Ratings/Reviews  –  Yep, I read reviews. I tend to read them on Amazon and Goodreads. I to put more stock in the Goodreads reviews but I’ll check Amazon because of the volume. Anything really generic is ignored. I tend to read the good and the bad to get an idea of what to expect.
  • Price – If the cover is good and the description works I’ll take a chance if the price is right. An indie author that no one has ever heard of trying to price their work at $9.99 probably doesn’t have a chance. Remember, the first criteria is author. If I like someone’s stuff I’ll buy it, even in different genres.
  • Buzz – Rarely but occasionally I buy a book based on buzz. About half the time it works out. If someone is already getting that kind of buzz they don’t need me.

Author, cover, description. That’s the key, in that order. A good cover shows professionalism. A good description proves that an author can write. A review or two and a reasonable price gives me a reason to try. If I try a book and I like it, I’m willing to buy more.

10 Kooky Tips On How To Write A Book

Wordserve Water Cooler has 10 Kooky Tips On How To Write A Book. Among them:

2) If you have kids, get a lock for your bedroom door
My reasoning is two-fold: 1) my bedroom is where I write, and 2) my bedroom is where I cry when I am convinced that I cannot write, and it seems to upset the children when I cry uncontrollably.

Make sure to check out the rest.

Visual Cues in Writing or My Gunsmith is Writing a Zombie Novel

I saw Larry Correia’s post “My gunsmith is writing a zombie novel“.  That’s all it took and I was off to UprisingCrusader.com to follow the progression of the story.

Joseph Chetwood is writing much of Uprising Crusader online. The story is serialized on the blog but it feels like you’re reading a working draft. I’m assuming that there will be an edit round when he’s done but the story itself is intriguing. The gunsmith angle brings a nice dose of realism.

More intriguing is that in every installment he has a single image that is representative of that section. I have no idea if this will make it into the final draft. As a reader, I almost hope it doesn’t. The images distract from my imagination. BUT AS A WRITER, IT WORKS. I tend to a be visual person and I love the idea of using an image of what I’m trying to convey in a particular section to help move my writing forward. I’m tempted to try that with the fiction piece I’m working on.

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