Wouldn’t It Be Great to Have a Magic Button on Your Keyboard That Corrects Everything? But Editing and Proofreading Need to be Done by a Human Being. Here’s Why!

Deborah Gives great advice ūüĎć

BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor (header photo copyrighted by Clasid Consultants Publishing and artist JAB, III. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, August 2020)

Don't you wish you had one of these on your keyboard?

It would be wonderful to have a¬†special¬†button on your keyboard¬†that would¬†read¬†your writing¬†and correct every error, typo, wrong word, omitted word,¬†added word, or verb tense. It would be really¬†amazing if¬†the ‚Äúedit key‚ÄĚ would automatically rewrite awkward sentences, paragraphs, or chapters. There are software packages that attempt to go beyond the rigidity of spell/grammar-check, but do they do a better job?

No, not really, or only marginally. The computer or software package would have to comprehend the content, distinguish whether the entire piece has a theme, rewrite sentences and paragraphs to support that theme, and draw a convincing conclusion.

How can the basic rules of grammar or spelling downloaded into a software package cover all the exceptions to the rules in language and enhance the quality of the writing? It is not possible. Technology cannot grasp ideas and concepts; nor can it recognize the effectiveness of an argument to convince someone to buy, sell, invest, fund a grant, or use your company. There is…

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