When I start writing anything, regardless of whether it’s fiction or non, I just let my fingers fly on the keyboard without paying attention to spelling or grammar. I’ve turned off those automatic spell- and grammar-checkers long ago, because those red and green squiggles are ridiculously distracting.
I’m at the point where I know those mistakes will happen, no matter what I do. That’s what the editing process is for, after all.
The thing that bugs me is my inability to think of words. I naturally think in pictures, and usually I can translate them relatively easily into words, but when I’m tired, sick or stressed, it’s much harder. The subject matter I’m addressing can also make it difficult.
The up side is that edits are very amusing, especially when it comes to word reversals and spell check suggestions. Here are a couple of gems I shared with one of my friends.
Worktop roofers sounds like an illegal drug, a computer program or something new for the kitchen. If I go to our local home improvement store, what do you think would happen if I asked for worktop roofers for my remodeling project?
Those three were the more amusing corrections that came from a document under 300 words long. I was exhausted while I was writing it initially, so there was a huge number of mistakes. Still, it was harder writing those 200-something words than it was editing them.
In my case, I guess this is another manifestation of that determination dyslexics are so well known for now. If I keep pushing myself to get started, it’s easier to keep going once I finally have some momentum built up.
Beating that initial inertia is the hardest part.