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Friday, January 17, 2014

Writer's Corner: Keeping Hard to Spell Words Spelled Correctly As You Write

You're writing a book, an article, a post and you're on a deadline. You have hard words to spell in your book (why oh why did you choose this topic?) and you need to make sure the spelling remains consistent and correct. There's a simple way to do this. Really.

Say you have to use Australopithecus Africanus or Czechoslovakia regularly. It's real trouble if both are appearing in the same book, article, etc. The simplest solution to keeping the spelling right without breaking your pace and a sweat every time they appear comes in the following steps:

  1. Activate your spell checker (you really should) and have it underline misspelled words for you.
  2. Teach the difficult words to your spell checker.
  3. Keep an eye out for underlined misspellings of said hard word/words as you write. Spell checker will do the work for you.
  4. When you find the troublesome word underlined in red, right click on the word and the spell checker program will bring up suggestions, including the correct spelling you taught it.
  5. Click on the correct spelling, the word changes, and you move on with peace of mind. 
This also works for editors who need to move through material quickly. 

The computer has a lot of tools. We might as well make the most of them.

Happy writing!

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