Tools of the trade — AutoHotKey

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers.

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This post will talk about AutoHotKey.  First an explanation of what it is: (from wikipedia)

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software utility that allows users to automate repetitive tasks in Microsoft Windows. Any application user interface can be modified by AutoHotkey (for example, overriding the default Windows control key commands with their Emacs equivalents).[2] It is driven by a custom scripting language that is aimed specifically at providing keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys.

So I’m sure you are now confused, how a program to help me configure keys on my keyboard help me become a better writer.  While that may have been its original design, it is capable of so much more.  One thing it can do is actively check what you are typing, and replace anything you type.

I turn your attention to this script: http://www.autohotkey.com/download/AutoCorrect.ahk

Now this script will look at anything you type and if it is a common misspelling, it will erase what you wrote and write in the correct spelling.  Whether it is in Microsoft Word, notepad, World of Warcraft (or SWTOR) to something in your internet browser.  Here is a sample of what it will correct (the first word is the series of letters it is waiting for you to type and the second word is what it will replace it with automatically):

abondon::abandon
achievment::achievement
acquaintence::acquaintance
allign::align
ameria::America

It can even be set for words with accent marks, such as touché or mêlée.  I am able to write these words without looking up the special ASCII codes to develop them.  Now the beautiful thing about it, is that you can teach the program.  The program only looks for specific instances and corrects the words, but if the instance is not listed, a misspelled word remains misspelled.  If you have a common word that trips you up, you can then highlight the misspelled word, do Windows Key + H, and then tell it how the word is spelled correctly, so any time you misspell the word, it will auto-correct it.

Now you may feel that this is cheating.  But honestly I’ve learned how to spell more words correctly with this method than any other way.  This is a time saver and very nice to have.

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This site is a great achievement for me, but due to being unable to work, I may not be able to keep this site running. With your help, I might be able to.

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