Filed under: Poetry, success, Technology, Writing | Tags: autocorrect, editing, Focus Writer, grammar, Libre Office, spellcheckers, spelling, Wordpress, writing
I know I’m not the greatest speller in the world, I’m not always grammatically correct either. I find it strange that the errors I fail to spot in my own writing scream out at me from that of someone else.
I was reading and enjoying a draft by someone else today and it reminded me of how important it is to have an independent reader to look over my writing. I say I was enjoying what I was reading and I was. I was enjoying the plot and the characterisation, but oh the spelling! Obviously what I’m reading is an early draft and I’m sure the mistakes will be picked up in the next edit. However — perhaps it’s a side effect of being on the Spectrum — I find myself distracted by the mistakes.
Different people work in different ways. I don’t write in longhand, I work on my PC or laptop, I am writing this in bed on my phone (I love the WordPress app!). For longer pieces I use Focus Writer for writing and then edit in Libre Office Writer — both free apps supported by donation — both have a spell checker and so I correct many mistakes on the fly.
The problem with spellcheckers is that many spelling mistakes evade its scrutiny because the misspelling is still in the dictionary as a word in its own right. It is easy — for example — to mistype ‘out’ instead of ‘our’ and the spellchecker will ignore it. Because the spellchecker doesn’t highlight them I don’t correct them on my first draft. It is only when I read over a piece of writing that I see them and correct them. Libre Office also highlights formatting errors and so I correct those on my first edit and any obvious — to me — grammatical errors.
The hard part then is to let others read my writing because inevitably they see errors I have missed. Worse is how glaring those errors seem when pointed out to me. On the plus side letting others read my stuff forcibly engenders a degree of humility and reminds me to listen to the opinions of others. I do hate to read errors in a finished piece of writing, but no one is perfect and a second opinion may well be conditioned by the education and culture of the opiner. In the end after we’ve checked and rechecked we have to let go.
Oh and while I’m on the subject, when you write on your phone never trust the autocorrect because it is evil and exists only to cause embarrassment!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Android, Android Market, asperger's, autism, cell phones, Galaxy S2, information processing, mobile phones, N95, Nokia N95, Samsung Galaxy S2, Wordpress, Wordpress Mobile
I don’t like change,and that applies to telephones as much as anything else. I have been using a N95 since it was at the cutting edge of communications technology and I still like it. My phone is set up exactly as I like it, and it works for me… unfortunately it works less often than it used and it’s falling apart.
I now have a new Galaxy S2 and I don’t like it. It’s not the phone’s fault it has a touch screen to shich I am not yet used. Nor is it the phone’s fault I have to set it up to suit me, and sort out my contacts — not that I phone people!
I disliked this phone until I discovered the Android Market. My N95 didn’t really have apps, modern phones have them like a rash. In the process of setting up my Galaxy, I found it neccessary to visit the Market where I found this rather neat WordPress application, I am beginning to think (if I ever master typing on a touch screen) I may actually enjoy this phone!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blogging, blogs, micro-blogging, QuickPress, Twitter, Twittering, Wordpress
I love QuickPress! It sits on my WordPress dashboard for when I have something to say, but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to write a full blog. It bridges a gap between Twittering and blogging. It’s one of those little details that makes me so glad I use WordPress. If Twitter is for micro-blogging QuickPress is for midi-blogging.