Thursday, May 13, 2010

Invisible Lines

Today, I’m posting over on The Blood-Red Pencil.  My topic today is How To: Remove Section Breaks.

If you’re having trouble with blank lines showing up in your manuscript and trying to delete or backspace doesn’t get rid of them, then you may be having a problem with pesky Section Breaks. In today’s post, I tell you how to get rid of them.

I invite you to link over and read and comment. And if you have a How To problem with your manuscript, leave a question in the comments section and if I can figure out the answer, I’ll post it in my next How To column.
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21 comments:

  1. Never had that problem, but want to know what to do if it occurs - I'll check it out.

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  2. Wandering over now.
    By the way, I love the header! I could lay down in that field and dream all day!
    Jen

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  3. Oaky, I'm on my overs. And like Jen, I also like your header. Very peaceful and serene.

    Stephen Tremp

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  4. Don't have that problem, Helen, but I do have another, so I'll head on over and ask away.
    Karen

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  5. The header is a picture of Bluebonnets. A friend of a friend took the picture. We had a really good Spring for Bluebonnets this year.

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  6. I stopped by and commented. I have a feeling that, for me, this will be a case of not having a problem until I've heard of it. Luckily, I now have the solution.

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  7. Ugh, section breaks, the bane of my existence! I'm headed over now to check out your article!

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  8. Good post! I tweeted it.

    And I *do* have sort of a question on breaking...will ask it.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  9. The main problem with blank lines is to come up with something sensible to fill them with >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  10. I'm here. I'm on BRP. And yet I'm nowhere. Took my daughter's car on errands. Came back to find son gone to class, husband gone on trip, and house locked and key on daughter's keychain won't open any door to house. No one will be here for hours. May have to run a tab at Starbucks.

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  11. I'm here. I'm on BRP. And yet I'm nowhere. Took my daughter's car on errands. Came back to find son gone to class, husband gone on trip, and house locked and key on daughter's keychain won't open any door to house. No one will be here for hours. May have to run a tab at Starbucks.

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  12. Then there's only one thing to do, Helen. Drive over to Barnes&Noble, get a cup of coffee, and find some interesting books ... >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  13. Never underestimate a woman who reads mysteries. Mind you, our house has double or triple locks on every door and has an alarm system. But I'm now sitting at my computer. All it took was a step stool, a ladder, a putty spatula, a tool I think is designed for opening paint cans, and a bottle opener. And one more very important tool that I won't mention here on the Internet. Oh, and lowering my body temp by stripping naked. Luckily, our neighbors are on the other side of dense trees. And I am inside. Voila! Take that, MacGyver.

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  14. What the Hell! I'm impressed, Helen. By the way, I've never watched MacGywer, or any other TV series, but my boys do >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  15. Lawdy, Cold As Heaven, MacGuyver is decades old. Y'all get some great re-runs.

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  16. I've always hated TV series and the way they suck people to the TV on their weekly schedule. I think the first and last series I watched was Twin Peaks in the early 90's >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  17. Oooh.. I have a question.

    In my WIP, some of the dialogue takes place through telepathy. What's the best way to denote that in a MS? I've been underlining it (for now.. mostly so I can see it easily), but that really looks rubbish. I've considered all caps or something... I haven't been able to find a "standard" for something like that. I know thoughts are usually in italics, but this really is more dialogue that internalisations.

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