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    spell checking

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by wardell, Jan 27, 2016.

    Hi can any one help me out I am a bad speller I have that thing were you see words backwards ( sorry I can't spell that word) is there any free spell checkers out I can get to help me all I have is word pad now and I don't know what to do thanks
     
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    I just Googled "spell checker" and found 1.4m results. I haven't checked any of them out but have a play and see which ones suit you. There are some designed for people with dyslexia (I assume that's what you're referring to) but they don't seem to be free.

    Even Gmail, or this forum, spellchecks words you paste in. :)
     
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    I googled it to but was not sure if any of them are good I was hoping some one here would know a good one
    And yes I was talking abou dyslexi.
    Thanks
     
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    Hopefully someone can advise. If not, this is an advice article around the subject of spell checkers and dyslexia: http://bdatech.org/what-technology/spell-checkers/

    It sounds like there is no "best" one - it depends what areas of spelling you particularly struggle with. Good luck in finding something suitable :)
     
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    Download OpenOffice and use a real word processor.
     
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    No matter what, who, or how good you are, words always slip past. Don't worry about spellchecking for dyslexia. Well...any assistive tool is fine as long as you don't rely 100% on it. Everyone does have to go through their manuscript on their own with their own eyes. But the end result? Your beta readers will help you catch things. So it's all good in the end.
     
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    Beta readers aren't meant for catching SPAG issues. If I come across one or two, I'll let the author know, but if it's littered with them I'll hand it back and say "this isn't ready for beta reading".

    Of course, you mind find someone willing to act as a free editor for you... but that would be a big ask.
     
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    No doubt, but I've got a couple of guys who do that. It's usually the types who have something to prove, though. ;)
     
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    What stage of writing are you talking about? I ask because, and this may be off topic, you should turn spell checker off for initial drafts, brain storming, or creative stretches. Seeing annoying red and blue lines breaks me out of the creative swing, and it can interrupt the flow ideas during the creative process. I don't care how to spell nostalgia, so long as it is the proper idea.
     
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    I +1 @zoupskim. But, then again, if you learn to work with them on, eventually they become invisible until you tell your brain it's time to notice them. But everyone works their own way, so that might not work for every writer.
     
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    Not to sound overly critical, but you might worry more about punctuation than spelling. The reader needs these clues to determine which words go with others, and to know when sentences and thoughts end and others begin. It's not easy to determine exactly what punctuation is called for, and you can always find controversy even among those people who are skilled at writing. But these controversies only emphasize how important the right punctuation can be in getting your words understood.
     
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    I use celtx For my screenplays it has a good spell check in it it's free and it has several writing templates in it screenplays novels story board..
     

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