Monday, August 25, 2014
Add To MS Word's Dictionary
I heard years ago not to add words to MS Word's dictionary. I'm breaking that rule. With characters called Blea, Bel, Kaige and Vayle, my paragraphs are packed with those red obstructions. "Ignore All" doesn't always work.
I add all my made up places and character names to Word's dictionary so the program will tell me when I've misspelled them. While editing, I don't have to pay special attention to those words. If they're not underlined, it means I spelled them correctly.
Most of the time I forget how something is supposed to be spelled. I don't want to stop writing to consult a map or a journal. That would get irritating. Yesterday, I was writing about the Eleni Mountains, but I didn't remember how I spelled it. MS Word showed me the correct spelling.
This also helps with names I misspell often. For some reason, I can never get Del'Praeli right. Also, whenever I type a character's name-- Aliceanna--, some letters get left out or switched around. Don't know why. I either leave out an 'n' or switch 'c' and 'e'. I wouldn't notice. Now MS Word knows how her name is supposed to be spelled. AutoCorrect will fix it for me. Adding words to the dictionary is easy. Just right click the underlined word and select "Add to Dictionary." So far, I haven't come across any drawbacks to this.
Labels: Chains of the Sciell, dictionary, editing, fantasy world, MS Word, names, world building, writing
Auden is a dark fantasy author. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get away from writing. Darkness and dark thing have always fascinated her.