The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, May 6, 2011, at 11:38 AM
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  • in my Word document that I use for my book, so many of my characteres names are underlined as misspelled, even the ones that aren't all that unusual. I find myself using the most common names I can think of, just so my program won't flag it as a misspelling.

    -- Posted by jjleighton on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 6:00 AM
  • Don't let your computer program dictate to you which names you're going to use for your characters. Your Word program is there to help, not hinder you.

    You get those squiggly lines under a name not because it's misspelled, but because it's not in your Word program's dictionary. You can choose to ignore them, or you can simply add them to your dictionary. To do that, just right-click on the name, and then select "Add." This will add the word to your dictionary and the squiggly lines will disappear. The benefit to doing this is that your program will now alert you any time you misspell the newly added word.

    And speaking of misspelled words... a couple of weeks ago my blog seemed, to me at least, full of misspellings. I'd written it on my little notebook computer, which doesn't have Word so I was using Notepad. This basic program doesn't have automated spell-check. That's not an excuse. I should have been more diligent.

    Perhaps that's one of the disadvantages of having our computers do so much for us - we come to rely on them too much. So, my apologies. And believe me, misspelling the word "flatulence" was almost as embarrassing as doing it.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 8:05 AM
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