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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2007 06:37 pm
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Sam Stone


Joined: Sat Jun 17th, 2006
Location: Hendersonville, North Carolina USA
Posts: 126

Several years ago I learned, in Word, to simply highlight the character, his/her lines and blocking in one block, then format that group of paragraphs using "Paragraph" to "Keep lines together" and "Keep with next."  The entire block jumps to the next page without inserting a page break or additional lines... that way, if you do any rewriting, there isn't an unnecessary page break or extra lines where you don't like them.  "Styles" lets you choose a paragraph indentation for blocking or the character's name - nice thing is that a backspace takes you back to "Justified left."

You can put as many as twelve items on the Word "Clipboard" and place it wherever on the workspace is comfortable, so that all you have to do is click once and your character's name appears with the next line cued for their spoken words.

Truth is that Word is truly easy to format.  When I'm ready to send it to someone, I create a PDF for transmittal unless I want them to be able to edit what I'm sending.

Here's hoping everyone has the same success with their chosen program as I have with Word.