6 Google Docs Hacks For Writers You’re Probably Not Using!

6 Google Docs Hacks For Writers You’re Probably Not Using!

Hi aspiring writers! Writing coach
Stefanie Newell and this is The Life Of A Writer channel. Today’s video is all
about Google Docs hacks. In this video I will provide six hacks that will help you
to organize your manuscript, do research and share it with your beta readers. If
you want to write a book that helps you to connect with readers and sell more
books make sure to subscribe as I post new writing videos every Tuesday. So in
previous videos I’ve shared how to format your manuscript using Google Docs
and if you haven’t seen those videos they will be linked below,
however in today’s video I’m gonna be sharing six hacks that you may not have
known existed but will help you while writing your manuscript. So let’s jump
over to my computer and check out this first hack the Explore feature. The
Explorer feature allows you to research without leaving your document and this
tip comes right on time because I just received an email yesterday from a
writer who shared that he often finds himself easily distracted while writing
his book. And because of the distraction he ends up not working on his manuscript
at all. So this type of feature is going to help those of you who are easily
distracted (especially by the internet) because you don’t have to leave Google
Docs to do your research. Now there are two ways to access the Explore feature.
First by going to the Tools menu and clicking on explore or you can go to the
bottom of the page on the right-hand side and click this explore button. Now
there are two ways that you can utilize this Explore feature when you first
click on explore Google Docs scans your document for related topics and make
suggestions for topics that you can continue to explore or you can enter
into the search box exactly what you want to explore or search for whatever
terminology you want to use and Google will provide the results either way all
of the searching happens right within the document. If you decide that you want
to cite your research as a footnote you will click the quotation marks and it
will include it in your document where your cursor is and also as a footnote at
the bottom of the page. Not only can you search the web, but you can also search
for images and for related documents you might have in your Google Drive. Hack
number two is the preview feature. Now let me
show you this feature in action so you can see just how valuable this feature
is. The first thing you’ll need to do is go to the browser and remove the word
edit and replace it with the word preview. So as you can now see you
literally just have your document without the toolbar and all of the
extras this feature is gonna be perfect for beta readers or for anyone you’re
sending your manuscript to and you just want them to read the document. If you
copy this address and send it to them they will see the document just as it
appears here and it will not be an editable document. Hack number three is
all about organization. So many of you know that you can begin writing your
manuscript right here in Google Docs by visiting docs.google.com but for those
of you who have several documents such as maybe an outline, your first draft, a
second draft or your book description. This tip is going to keep all of your
documents organized so instead of starting your document in Google Docs
you’ll instead start your document from Google Drive at drive.google.com. This is
also a free feature that comes with your Google account so make sure you take
advantage of this as it will help you to keep all of your book related documents
organized. So the first thing you want to do is start a new folder you can name it
your book title or whatever name you choose. For the sake of this video I’ve
already started a new folder called my book. Once you have that folder created
the idea is to organize all of your book related files in this folder to keep
things organized so once you have your photo created you can double-click on
the folder to open it. Then you can either drag and drop files that are
already created or start a new document. So to start a new document you will go
to new, then Google Docs, then blank document and then you can begin writing
your manuscript or related book file. Going forward every time you need to
start a new document related to this book you can start your document in
Google Drive instead of Google Docs in the folder you create it to keep your
documents organized. Hack number four is the version history feature so I talked
earlier about having numerous drafts. As a writer you’ll find
that as you begin to work on your manuscript you’ll sometimes go back and
edit or change certain things within your document. Sometimes that might be
something as simple as a paragraph while other times it might be an entire
chapter you’ll also find that there are times when it’s valuable to see those
earlier drafts as there may be something that you want to now include in the
current version of your manuscript. The version history feature can help you
with this. To access the version history you can go
to file then version history, then see version history, and it will take you to
all of the different versions of your manuscript. Now as you can see to the
right these are initially saved by date and it’s perfectly okay to leave them
like this, but you can also name these versions. For example, first draft or
second draft to keep them better organized. Hack number five is the
Grammarly extension and if you’d like to learn more about the writing apps
software and electronics I used to write my books grab my free writing resources
PDF the link will be in the description box. As I was saying the Grammarly tool
is a tool that I use everyday for writing not only my books, but my social
media and blog posts as well as emails to my subscribers most are familiar with
visiting the Grammarly website but it can also be an extension that’s added to
your Chrome browser. So the first thing you’ll need to do is open your Chrome
browser, then click the three dots to the side of your profile picture, then more
tools, then extensions and it will bring you to this screen where you’ll click
the three lines on the left. Then go down to the bottom of the page and click open
the Chrome Web Store. Once it opens type Grammarly in the search bar and add the
extension to your Chrome browser. Once installed to your Chrome browser you’ll
get suggestions from Grammarly as you write on Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter,
LinkedIn and nearly everywhere else you find yourself writing. Grammarly is
essentially a writing assistant that goes deeper than grammar to offer you
comprehensive writing feedback. Hack number six is the clear formatting
feature there will be times where you will need to clear your document of all
formatting to copy and paste it into other software. So this is where this
feature comes in handy. In Google Docs highlight the text you’d like to clear of
formatting and then click on normal text and then apply normal text and it will
strip your highlighted text of all formatting. Down in the comments let me
know what you thought of these hacks for Google Docs. If you want to write a book
that helps you to connect with readers and sell more books make sure to visit
my website at howtowriteabookthatsells.com

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