NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend

The mufin man?

Many writers use autocorrect in order to help with spelling or even grammar, but most times the grammar check will only denote passive voice and sometimes it can completely ruin a piece of writing.  As a sci-fi writer, sometimes the names of my characters give the spell-checker fits.

All of us who use iPhones know how auto-correct can give people the wrong idea.

Taylor Mali, one of my favorite poets, wrote a poem about the problems of autocorrect.  Unfortunately, as my students often find out, autocorrect can sometimes produce some rather rude and unintentionally risque results.

The main reason fiction writers should turn off autocorrect is due to style reasons.  The biggest problem is that some writers (not myself) rely too heavily on the  spell checker rather than doing honest and careful revision.  Hopefully, if you are doing the NaNoWriMo, you are making time to think about what you write and planning to finish the novel by at least the 25th so that you can spend some quality time revising. 

It will  be worth the effort…and the time.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend

  1. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of new writers. Auto-correct can be so annoying! I loved the video, which really brings home how erroneous some of those auto-corrections can be!

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