The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, July 29, 2011, at 8:12 AM
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  • "And if I change a word or phrase in my document using Word, the original is gone - unless I using the tracking changes feature, which I've never cared for."

    Howcome Werd didn't find them misteaks?

    -- Posted by Lee51 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 9:44 PM
  • Fun blog, as always Jean. I look forward to it every week, and seem to always learn something new. Keep up the good work!

    -- Posted by DHarris on Sun, Jul 31, 2011, at 2:56 PM
  • I know what you mean about using more paper because it's so easy make changes and print out a new document. I've noticed I do the same thing, but I still wouldn't go back to the old way, on the typewriter. Voice recognition software is getting better all the time too. Maybe in a few years we won't be using a keyboard at all.

    -- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Sun, Jul 31, 2011, at 3:04 PM
  • I love my computer--and have only one--at least one at a time. A poor typist--I barely passed my typing in HS--and struggled for years to make decent looking manuscripts. Then along came word processors and computers. It is wonderful to be able to put out clean manuscripts these days.

    You are so right about Spell and Grammar Check. They are helpful tools, but I continue to study grammar through reference material. Incidentally, my "Strunk and White" sits quietly on the shelf as I can Google several different reference sites for any question I might have. I don't long for the good old days.

    -- Posted by Betty Taylor on Sun, Jul 31, 2011, at 4:04 PM
  • Located in Minn, now moved to Illinois... all these moves make it hard to find time to do all the writing that I want. I find if I print out my pages it's easier to take them with me and edit on the pages as I have time. But the extra steps it takes to do this is time so time consuming! What's that about voice recognition software? Maybe that'll save me some time.

    -- Posted by fictionfan on Mon, Aug 1, 2011, at 8:34 AM
  • The voice recognition software I have is called Dragon Naturally Speaking (not sure where that name came from). At less than $100 it's reasonably priced, and on Amazon.com the older versions cost even less.

    It takes some training, in that you read a script into the microphone so the program "learns" your voice and becomes, with regular use, ever more accurate.

    It's easy to use, and pretty neat to see your words, as you speak them, appear on a document or email, but it won't replace my keyboard. I'm a pretty fast typist, so I haven't found the VRS to be much of an improvement. But for those who don't like to or can't type, it can be a lifesaver.

    Good luck!

    -- Posted by JTennant on Wed, Aug 3, 2011, at 6:47 PM
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