Writing Wednesday with Allyson Lindt

Thank you for having me here today, Landra!

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that one great way to proof your own work is to read it aloud. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really up for that. I guess I could get used to it, but something about the entire idea of reading to an empty room (or an audience of cats in my case) just makes me want to go do dishes instead.

I’ve discovered an nifty alternative. It won’t work for everyone, because it is a function of Microsoft Office for Windows 2010. Before you roll your eyes at me, I know Office is an expense not all of us want to have, especially with free alternatives out there, and a lot of people use Macs. And If any of you knows of a similar function elsewhere (like I know it exists on Androids, I’ve just never looked for it), please share in the comments.

(Also keep in mind that at least a few publishers do their edits in Word using track changes and comments, so you may have to give in at some point).

All that out of the way, there’s a text to speech option in Office 2010. It’s really easy to use. You highlight the text you want read aloud (a paragraph, a chapter, whatever you’d like), you click the button, and a monotone mechanical voice reads it to you.

The thing is, it doesn’t come enabled by default. So here’s how you turn it on:

Inside Microsoft Word 2010, click on File, and then Options:

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A new window will open.

  • Click on Quick Access Toolbar.
  • In the drop-down called Choose commands from:select Speak (The list in alpabetical order, so you’ll have to scroll, or start typing, and it should find it automatically)
  • Click Add > >
  • Click OK

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Now you’ll be back in your Word document. Highlight the portion of text you’d like read aloud, and click the Speak selected text button that’s now at the very top of Word next to the other important quick links like Save and Undo.

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Do you read your work aloud to find errors? What other proofreading tactics do you use?

SellingSeduction(4)Blurb: When Ian left for college. Mercy begged to go with him, so she could escape her life of probably-fatal-small-town-boredom. He refused.

Mercy found her own way out. More than a decade later, it will take her best friend’s wedding to bring her back to town for more than a layover. Mercy’s here for Liz. That won’t stop Mercy from teasing, tempting, and pushing Ian’s limits… Mostly to show him what he left behind. Only partly because he looks like a god in his tux.

The moment Ian sees Mercy—confident, stunning, and definitely all grown up—he wants a taste before she vanishes back to the big city. Then Liz discovers her fiancé is already married to someone else. Ian won’t add more heartbreak to his sister’s life by hitting on her best friend. Besides, Mercy’s advertising firm is competing with Ian’s for the same make-or-break-me contract.

Mercy and Ian are determined to go their separate ways, but fate has other plans. As they’re thrown together again and again, the temptation of forbidden fruit proves impossible to resist… but giving in could send their worlds, and the lives of those they care about most, spiraling out of control.

Where to grab a copy: Amazon 

About Allyson Lindt: Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.


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