Something to consider at editing stage.
If you’re a writer like me, you already know it’s always a good idea to have someone else proofread your work before you declare it finalized. Actually, it’s best if several “someones” can proofread your work and point out any errors. Of course, this outside help does not do much good if they are not proficient in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. And I know you already know that simply using the spell check feature is not a reliable method of proofreading. I don’t know the particulars of other writing or word processing programs, but I’m going to share some of the dirty little secrets I’ve learned while proofreading my novels in Microsoft Word.
I start by searching the entire novel for a period followed by an apostrophe as well as a question mark followed by an apostrophe. Sometimes these are warranted, in that I may have written dialog wherein another…
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