By Nichole Giles
Even though I use it all the time, I’ve heard a nasty rumor that spell-check doesn’t like me. I don’t know why.
Maybe it’s because I sometimes write in fragments.
Or because I make up my own slangish words.
Sometimes I combine two words it doesn’t like me to combine. Like, randomish. Or Awesomesauce.
Maybe it doesn’t like me for using parentheticals—and em-dashes—in the same paragraph (or even the same sentence). I sometimes even use a period after a single, lonely word. Several. Times. In. A. Row. *gasp*
It definitely doesn’t like when I Capitalize Random Words.
And let’s not even get started on really great character names.
I’d break off our relationship entirely, except I really kind of need that spell-check guy. He watches my back. Yes, I admit, there has been stuff that’s gotten by him. By both of us, actually. But. That happens to the best of us. I’m better off with him than without him. So. I think I’ll keep him around.
That is, as long as he can tolerate my style of YA writing habits. Cuz really. I don’t know what I’d do without him.