Yes, I know. After all of my big talk about plans and updates, I didn’t post one last week. There is a really good reason for that though. A serious case of insomnia reared its ugly head. At one point I’d gotten roughly nine hours sleep out of eighty-four. I was, literally, a zombie for a couple of weeks.
So anyway, now that I’m getting that under control (sort of), I’m back at the editing. So far I’ve used the Ctrl/f to check that I’ve used there, their, they’re, and two (still have to do to/too, hour/our and a few others). Even though it’s easier than trying to spot them during a read-through, it’s still boring and time consuming. I also made sure all of the chapter headings were in caps and that all of those and the page breaks were centered. And I think I’ve been successful at changing it so I have the first line thing set at two throughout the entire manuscript.
After I finish the Ctrl/f to make sure all of the most common homonyms are in order, I’ll start the ‘real’ editing, and checking out all the red, green and blue lines.
That’s my favorite part. I love seeing what grammar check advises me to do with the words and phrases it has a problem with. For instance, in this sentence, “Well blow out the candles…,” ‘blow’ is blue-lined. Not entirely sure how that could be wrong, I looked and grammar check suggested I change it to, “Well below out the candles…”
Obviously I’ll never agree with that sort of suggestion…but it’s always good for a chuckle. I’m not sure who programmed that feature, but I’m guessing they never passed an English course.
Have you even laughed out loud when your writing program makes suggestions like changing blow to below?