Lots of people want to write blogs but stop themselves because they feel like they can’t spell. While in daily living spelling may not be that important, when it comes to the written word, spelling matters a great deal. One way to turn off a reader faster than anything else is to have a piece of work that has several misspellings. Thankfully because of advances in technology and the fact that there are other people on this wonderful planet, anyone can become a writer even if they can’t spell.
• Spell Check is Great
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There is likely someone reading this right now that is smirking and thinking to themselves that even though they don’t know how to spell, they are smart enough to use spell-check to catch any spelling errors. While it is true that most word processing programs come with very good spell tracking programs, most people will still have spelling errors creep into their writing because of homophones.
Homophones are those pesky words that sound the same but are spelled differently. For example There and Their mean two totally different things but both sound the same and both are spelled correctly. So even though you may use spell check, it won’t catch mistakes like this.
• Is There Something Better?
So what is someone supposed to do if they can’t spell and spell-check isn’t as good a solution as some people think? Well the answer lies in two places, technology and other people. As far as technology the best option for the spelling challenged is to get a program like Dragon Naturally Speaking. Dragon is a program that allows you to talk while it types the words you speak. While it is a wonderful program that can help almost anyone write with fewer errors, it does have its own problems.
• Hire a Proof-reader
If Dragon Naturally Speaking isn’t what you want, then your other option is to look into hiring someone to either proofread your writing or do the writing for you. The obvious problem that outsourcing presents is that you will probably have a hard time finding anyone willing to do either of these things for free.
However, when the writing is important enough, using someone else to do the work is not a bad idea. While outsourcing will cost you some money, a lot of time this is actually very affordable and can turn into a good long term business relationship when you find the right company or person.
The fact is that if you are thinking about writing a blog, a book, or even just want to turn in an error free midterm for your class, there are option available to you to make sure you can do this. All of us have something worthwhile to say, and for this reason, we should do everything we can to make sure we take the time to say it.
While no one wants to admit they can’t spell, you don’t have to let this stop you from saying what you want to say, how you want to say it.
What’s your strategies to write a great blog post? Do share your opinion in the comment section, we’ll be glad to hear from you.