Well, I emailed WordPress customer support, and they said all my problems were Microsoft Word and I should do it in a plain text program.
So I did, but I still get the problems, so I turn to the forums. Hopefully these can be more helpful.
My first problem is with hyperlinks. In the plain text, I enter the HTML code for links (), and it works if I view the page as an HTML page. But when I put it into WordPress (in the Code section of course), I get a host of problems. Firstly, the link is changed:
"http://jamesgibbins.wordpress.com/wp-admin/%E2%80%9DLINK%E2%80%9D", so it doesn't work. WTF? Also, the code is often distorted so it doesn't work (i.e. remove random quotation marks, spaces, equals signs...target="_blank" to target_blank for example).
tags work though, so why the hell is WP messing up my links?
This isn't too bad, as I can do it all in the WP editor, but it's damn annoying.
The second problem can't be solved in the WP editor. In the editor, on the Visual mode (no code), I add a paragraph break (i.e. Enter) to a paragraph. Save and preview, and the two paragraphs have merged into one. Go back to the editor, and it's one.
I tried retyping it, with the same problem.
The only real solution is to manually add tags, but I really can't be bothered to do so for so many paragraphs.
The third problem happens when I click "Save and Continue Editing". Every time after it reloads, I get this error message:
Sorry, but that's just plain retarded. Of course there is existing text, I told it I wanted to continue editing. And of course I don't want to overwrite with a backup, I want to CONTINUE EDITING!
Lastly, every time I save a post once it has been published (i.e. edit it), it leaves a comment on it from me with a link to another page. What the hell? Why? Is this a bug, or is it an option?
Sorry about the tone of this, just I've spent a LONG time (hours) trying to fix all these, to no avail. So I'm a bit pissed off to say the least.