Writing your book with Pages

Pages is Apple’s free, powerful word processor that lets you write, edit, and collaborate with others to create stunning books.

Pages is not only simple to use, but it’s full of helpful features for writers. You can use Pages to create any kind of book, from a traditional novel to a dynamic digital book with interactive graphics, bespoke font treatments, and much more. Pages can help you manage and develop your entire writing process: plan out your storyline on the go with Pages on your iPhone, edit on your Mac without compromising your original draft with Track Changes and Smart Annotations, and format your story to look beautiful and professional using Pages templates and text styles. Pages makes it easy to write and polish your draft into a beautiful, engaging book that readers will love.

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Use Pages on iPhone to write whenever inspiration strikes

Inspiration can strike when your computer isn’t on hand, but don’t let that stop you from getting your ideas down. Use Pages on iPhone and never let an idea slip between your fingers. Jot down thoughts, edit a section, or even write your whole book from start to finish directly from your iPhone. Pages uses iCloud Drive to sync documents across all your devices, so when you’re ready to sit down at your computer, you haven’t lost a word and can pick up your story right where you left off. Conveniently, iCloud Drive automatically saves your work periodically so you never have to worry about losing your work.

Use Comments to brainstorm

Writing is an organic process. It doesn’t always start at the beginning and proceed forward neatly. When you’re beginning to collect your thoughts, don’t get stuck on perfecting a paragraph or finding the perfect word — that will just slow down your creative process. Use the Comments feature in Pages to brainstorm ideas, think through sections of your book that you might not be ready to write, note questions you may want to answer later, or just highlight sentences you want to remember to complete another time. Comments can help unblock you on tough parts so you can keep writing without losing a thought, or losing momentum.

Use Collaboration to share your process with others

Even the best authors can use an editor. Getting feedback from a trusted reader on your draft helps you refine and craft your best story. A reader’s feedback can consist of line-by-line editing or more general suggestions about characters or plot. Use Collaboration for Pages to easily share with others and collect their feedback all within your single document. Use Pages password-protection features to keep your book safe and control who’s able to see it.

Use Track Changes or annotate with Apple Pencil

Every great book is polished through the same process: edit, rewrite, repeat. Use Track Changes to edit without overwriting your original text and track who made a change when collaborating. Use Apple Pencil on iPad to make annotations directly in your document for easy editing later.

Use text styles and panel navigation to add structure and organize your story

Great books are polished with strong text hierarchy and organized page structures. Use text styles to add chapter headers or page breaks, or to bring emphasis to specific text. Use Pages thumbnails and table of contents views to easily navigate your book.

Use Pages free book templates

Start by choosing a template that works for your book genre. The templates include layout, placeholder text, and even images to give you an idea what your book could look like. After you’ve picked a template you can add text, photos, image galleries, videos, audio, shapes, tables, charts, and more to your book.

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The I/O from an instance of the Database Engine includes logical and physical writes. A logical write occurs when data is modified in a page in the buffer cache. A physical write occurs when the page is written from the buffer cache to disk.

When a page is modified in the buffer cache, it is not immediately written back to disk; instead, the page is marked as dirty. This means that a page can have more than one logical write made before it is physically written to disk. For each logical write, a transaction log record is inserted in the log cache that records the modification. The log records must be written to disk before the associated dirty page is removed from the buffer cache and written to disk. SQL Server uses a technique known as write-ahead logging that prevents writing a dirty page before the associated log record is written to disk. This is essential to the correct working of the recovery manager. For more information, see Write-Ahead Transaction Log .

The following illustration shows the process for writing a modified data page.

When the buffer manager writes a page, it searches for adjacent dirty pages that can be included in a single gather-write operation. Adjacent pages have consecutive page IDs and are from the same file; the pages do not have to be contiguous in memory. The search continues both forward and backward until one of the following events occurs:

  • A clean page is found.
  • 32 pages have been found.
  • A dirty page is found whose log sequence number (LSN) has not yet been flushed in the log.
  • A page is found that cannot be immediately latched.

In this way, the entire set of pages can be written to disk with a single gather-write operation.

Just before a page is written, the form of page protection specified in the database is added to the page. If torn page protection is added, the page must be latched EX(clusively) for the I/O. This is because the torn page protection modifies the page, making it unsuitable for any other thread to read. If checksum page protection is added, or the database uses no page protection, the page is latched with an UP(date) latch for the I/O. This latch prevents anyone else from modifying the page during the write, but still allows readers to use it. For more information about disk I/O page protection options, see Buffer Management .

A dirty page is written to disk in one of three ways:

Lazy writing The lazy writer is a system process that keeps free buffers available by removing infrequently used pages from the buffer cache. Dirty pages are first written to disk.

Eager writing The eager write process writes dirty data pages associated with minimally logged operations such as bulk insert and select into. This process allows creating and writing new pages to take place in parallel. That is, the calling operation does not have to wait until the entire operation finishes before writing the pages to disk.

Checkpoint The checkpoint process periodically scans the buffer cache for buffers with pages from a specified database and writes all dirty pages to disk. Checkpoints save time during a later recovery by creating a point at which all dirty pages are guaranteed to have been written to disk. The user may request a checkpoint operation by using the CHECKPOINT command, or the Database Engine may generate automatic checkpoints based on the amount of log space used and time elapsed since the last checkpoint. In addition, a checkpoint is generated when certain activities occur. For example, when a data or log file is added or removed from a database, or when the instance of SQL Server is stopped. For more information, see Checkpoints and the Active Portion of the Log .

The lazy writing, eager writing, and checkpoint processes do not wait for the I/O operation to complete. They always use asynchronous (or overlapped) I/O and continue with other work, checking for I/O success later. This allows SQL Server to maximize both CPU and I/O resources for the appropriate tasks.

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Thank you Gary. I am going to use this to create a lease template. I'll use a note style for each item that changes. As I'm doing a new lease, I'll change the note style's format match the body style so it's not noticeable, save it as a final lease. Later I can pull it up and reset the note style back to different format to find any lines for updating when the lease is renewed. Thanks again! Gail

When I copy using the "edit" it works...then when I am adding a new paragraph copying with edit, it is not the new copy but the old copy keeps is added no matter how many times I try. What is the problem? I find Pages very difficult to use.

Phyllis: I'll need to know more details. What, exactly, are you doing? Step-by-step, key-by-key.

As usual, excellent info! As usual, very fast (how DO you talk so fast!). Also: 1. I like written content for future reference (I make notes in another program). 2. Like w/Phyllis above, even after many years, I still find Pages difficult to use. Not as intuitive as Word (or as WordPerfect from long ago - best EVER!). 3. I prefer to "type&format" as I go using keyboard."Finding" the content, etc in the document afterward to re-format, easy as it is, is a pain. Personal preference.

Thanks Gary,

I decided to try Pages and Numbers a year ago when I got my annual bill for Office. The learning curve has been slow for me, but this video showed me how to do some things I use to do in MS Word and that I did not know how to do in Pages. Have you made a similar video for Numbers or do you plan to do so? I have had a lot of issues adapting to Numbers.

Can styles be used to provide a caption facility as in Fig 1, Fig 2, Table 1, table 2 etc

Ray: Not sure what you mean. Images already have a caption option. You can definitely use styles in the text INSIDE the caption, yes.

BartP: I have a ton of videos on Numbers. Search the site or use https://macmost.com/video-list to see them all.

Thanks for this Gary, the use of styles is huge and so important to embrace it! I wasn’t aware of the Headings groupings in the sidebar, or I sort of recollected it but only when you addressed it; thanks for this. I think one other aspect you could explain in future is cleaning up text of invisible characters using Find & Replace. \r works but not \l nor \n - I think \i is the equivalent, but I think this is very useful to know if you paste text that has all these hidden characters.

Hi Gary, Thanks for your reply - I have been experimenting with the caption option and the use of styles in Pages. They work as expected - very well... BUT - I would have liked to see if numbering and automatic number updating can be done in Pages rather like the 'Insert Caption' option in WORD under the ribbon heading 'References'. Probably this feature is down to a Pages updates some time!

I'm not sure this is directly related, but is there a way to insert or import a pdf document (238 pages long) into a new Pages document? Thanks. Al

Al: Not really. You can copy and paste the text. But the best way to do it is to get the original source document (Pages, Word, etc) and go back to that. A PDF is like a printed piece of paper. The source is what you want, not the final exported PDF.

Gary, I listened to this post on Pages - indeed helpful. However, I cannot figure out why on some Pages documents the "View" sidebar goes the length of the document top to bottom and on others it only goes up to the tool bar. When it does not go the length of the document, the "Edit" option in the "Table of Contents" view in the sidebar is not available. Called Apple - spoke with two tech guys. Neither knew how to access the top to bottom view as you demonstated in your video. Can you advise?

Steve: I can't think of why the toolbar would cover the left sidebar for you some of the time. What happens when you quit the app and launch it again?

I made a great horizontal book of nearly 90 pages with the guidance of your excellent PAGES videos. But now I need to rearrange some of those pages. For Example: Page 35 needs to become Page 42. How do I rearrange those pages? They don't seem to cooperate while trying to move them in the Page Thumbnails in the "View" screen! Any advice?

Teri: is this a Word Processing document or a Page Layout document? If Word Processing, then copy and paste the text to move it around in the body. If Page Layout, then you use the thumbnails view on the left to drag and drop the pages.

What's the easiest way to add italics only to foreign words in my text and can I proof my document in two separate languages so that the words in each are spelled correctly?

Maggie: Do you mean automatically? There's no way for Pages to know what words you want in a different style. As for proofing, not sure what you are looking for. Do you mean spellcheck? It should do that now if you are using both languages in System Preferences.

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Writing 3 pages will take about 37.5 minutes for the average writer typing on a keyboard and 1.3 hours for handwriting. However, if the content needs to include in-depth research, links, citations, or graphics such as for a blog article or high school essay, the length can grow to 5 hours.

Documents that typically contain 3 pages are short-form news articles, medium length blog posts, and short pieces of journalism. A typical single-spaced page is 500 words long.

You may write faster or slower than this depending on your average writing speed. Adults typically type at about 40 words per minute when writing for enjoyment and 5 words per minute for in-depth essays or articles. They can handwrite at 20 words per minute. College students typically need to be able to write at 60-70 words per minute in order to quickly write essays.

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It's about learning a new habit: Writing. Every. Day.

I've long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist's Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in "long hand", typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It's about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.

I've used the exercise as a great way to think out loud without having to worry about half-formed ideas, random tangents, private stuff, and all the other things in our heads that we often filter out before ever voicing them or writing about them. It's a daily brain dump. Over time, I've found that it's also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.

750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise. Here's how it works:

★ All online and private

In the past, looking for a spare notebook was probably easier than looking for a computer. Not anymore. I don't know if my hands even work anymore with pen and paper for any task that takes longer than signing a check or credit card receipt.

★ It's not blogging or status updating

I've tried writing my 750 words a day on Livejournal, Wordpress, PBWorks, Tumblr, and all of these other sites designed around putting content online. It hasn't worked for me. I fear that I might accidentally forget to mark daily pages as private. And it's just weird having my private brain dumps out on various sites that are designed to be more social. I don't need to title my entries, or tag them, or enable comments, or any of that other stuff. This is writing, and it's online, but it's not blogging, or Twittering, or Facebook status updating. This is between you and you.

★ 3 Pages = 750 words

I looked this up. 250 words per page is considered to be the standard accepted number of words per page. So, three standard pages are about 750 words. Of course if 750words.com hadn't been available, I would've totally found a way to prove that 249 words per page was the accepted standard. It really just comes down to the fact that this amount of writing feels about right. You can't just fart out 3 pages without running into your subconscious a little bit... 750 words takes a bit of effort, and it never fails to get me typing things that I have wanted to articulate without realizing it. And that's the point.

Because 750 words is nothing to sneeze at, it's also nice to have an easy way to know how many words you have to go. This site of course tracks your word count at all times and lets you know when you've passed the blessed 750 mark. And it gives you a nice big screen to write on, automatically scrolls as you write (like a typewriter), and automatically saves your writing as you go.

★ It's fun

Every month you get a clean slate. If you write anything at all, you get 1 point. If you write 750 words or more, you get 2 points. If you write two, three or more days in a row, you get even more points. It's fun to try to stay on streaks and the points are a way to play around with that. You can also see how others are doing points-wise if you're at all competitive that way. How I see it, points can motivate early on, and eventually the joy of writing will kick in and you'll be writing without any external motivation at all.

★ Learn about yourself in the process

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