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Navigating Technology as a Writer

on November 28, 2022

I received an email recently enquiring about my skills at navigating technology as a writer. I was invited to share my favourite hacks and short cuts in using Microsoft Word. In answer to the question what’s your best technology tip? I recommend use of the read aloud function. I use a MacBook Air and it’s easy to set up this facility following these easy instructions. You can even choose the gender of your computer-generated voice. For Microsoft support click here.

I find the read aloud facility is particularly useful during the editing and proof reading phases of my writing.


I listen to the text (without following the words) as this enables me to hear (and make notes to correct):

  • continuity errors
  • clunky dialogue
  • consistency of each character’s voice

Proof reading

Listening helps to identify and correct

  • unintended rhymes and patterns in word use
  • repeated words
  • word omissions
  • punctuation issues
  • typos

If you haven’t used this facility before, it’s well worth trying out. It may help with fiction, non-fiction or even poetry. Why not give it a try and let me know how you get on?

6 responses to “Navigating Technology as a Writer

  1. Jim Bates says:

    Great advice, Gail. For the last year, once my first draft is completed I begin reading it out loud as I go through the editing process. Doing that, and using Grammarly, has helped greatly, I feel, in identifying not only clunking writing (hopefully!) but simple typos as well. Your advice is spot on. Thank you for sharing.

  2. That’s a cool feature that I’ve never used before, and I’m pretty decent with technology. Might give it a go, and see how it feels to write by ear 🙂 Thanks for this!

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