Before I start to
explain the hidden Gem of Goodreads I want to first say to you that If you LOVE
to read I urge you to start a Goodreads account.Goodreads is a social media
site where users can share what they are reading with one another. It has
similarities to Facebook in that you can have a friends list but also
incorporates a library of books that you can add to your profile and show
others what you are reading or what you have already read.

Goodreads explains that you can, “See which books your friends are reading. Track the
books you’re reading, have read, and want to read. Check out your personalized
book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points
to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes. Find out if a book is a
good fit for you from our community’s reviews.”

I have my own Goodreads account and love
its main feature of being able to list, write and share reviews of the books
that I have read. There are other features too with the site that I feel do get
overlooked and wanted to shine some light on the hidden gem that I found that
gives access to its users to read Free stories. Here is how you can access Free
stories:
1) Login to Goodreads
2) Click the Home tab, you should see a view
similar to my own.
3) Click to Expand the Explore menu
4) Click Creative Writing. This is where all of the
Free stories and books are. The great thing about this page is you can browse
by Categories, Genres, Active, Popular, Friends and New. There is also a small
link, just to the right of “New” called “My Writing” where you can write and
post your own writing. Your writing would then be saved to the “Creative Writing” area for the Goodreads community to see.
5) When you find a story that you are interested in
reading, you can simply read the chapters by clicking on the story title and at
the end of each chapter there is a like button and also share buttons to share
on other social media sites.
Now it is time for you to get started and have a look yourselves.
 
About the Author: C.R. Misty is currently writing a romance trilogy. Her first book, is available online at KindleNookKoboibookinkteraOverDriveAmazon & Createspace
Her second book, Deeply Bound is currently in the editing stages & excerpts are available to read at WattpadWrite On &Mibba.
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If you are writing a book or you have written a document
where you want to add headers, footers & page numbers BUT you don’t
want the headers, footers and page numbers to show on your title and copyright
pages, these are the steps that I learned on how to do this.
1) Open your Microsoft Word 2010 document.
2) Select The “Home” tab, click on the “Show / Hide” button circled below. You need
it set to show all of your spaces, formatting and page breaks.

 

 

I highlighted below the items that will show when you click
the “Show/Hide” button.

 

3) In the image below I circled where I put my pointer. What
I am doing on the screen is I am placing my pointer where I want to add a “Section Break”. A section break divides your document into sections. So in my
document I want a “Section Break” there because in my second section is where I
want my Headers and Footers to start and I want my page numbers to display. I
don’t want headers, footers and page numbers to display on my title and
copyright pages.
4) Click “Page Layout” tab circled below.
5) Click “Breaks” button circled below.
6) In the “Breaks” menu, click “Next Page” highlighted in
the image below.
I highlighted the Section break below that was added to the
document once you complete the step. Note when I started I had a “Page Break”
and so I have just deleted my “Page Break” since it is no longer needed for the
page in the image.
I have divided my document into two sections and now I want
to add headers, footers and page numbers to my second section.
7) Click “Insert” tab as you see in the image below then
select, “Header”, a drop down menu appears as seen in the image below and
choose a format you want. (I selected the first option & centered my text afterwards)
8) When you complete the previous step a “Design” tab will
open, see below image, highlighted in green. Also, look at the image noting
that my title page shows the Header as “Section 1” and on my Chapter 1 page,
the header shows as “Section 2”. I want to leave my “Section 1” header blank
and add text to the “Section 2” header.
9) Place your pointer into “Section 2” Header and type the
text that you want. I entered “C.R. Misty” and then centered the text. Note:
that in the image below the highlight “Link to Previous” Make sure that this is
NOT selected because what it will do is put your “Section 2” Header text
into “Section 1”.
10) My document in the images is a book that I wrote and I
wanted different headers on the odd and even pages. Make sure that you check “Different
Odd & Even Pages” highlighted below and again when you put your odd and
even headers in double check that “Link to Previous” is NOT selected.
At this point, you have now created two Sections and you
have added odd and even Headers to “Section 2” of your document. Next is adding
Page numbers.
11) Put your pointer where you want your page numbers to
start. In the image below, I put my pointer in “Even Page Footer Section 2”
& while still on the “Design” Tab, select “Page Numbers” button then select
“Current Position”. In my document, it added the page number 4 and the
following “Even Page Footer Section 2” followed suit with page numbers (6, 8,
10, 12 etc) Note: Again make sure “Link to Previous” is NOT selected.
12) Repeat step 11 for the odd numbers by clicking in “Odd
Page Footer Section 2”
Once you are done adding your Headers, Footers & Page
numbers you can uncheck the “Show/Hide” button to see what your work looks
like. I have included a couple of images below to show you what my document
looks like after completing the above steps.
In the image below note that my two top pages have no
numbering because I sectioned it off. That is my “Section 1”. The bottom left
pages is also a title page and you can see there is no header. My Header starts
in “Section 2”, which is Chapter 1 of my document.
The second image below is scrolled down partway so that you can
see my page numbers. Page 4 starts on my Chapter 1 page.
Now you should  be a
pro at this!

 

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