An Effective Editing Tool You May Not Have Thought Of#John Williams | July 13, 2017
It is rare, but sometimes a tool or application that was intended for one thing can be used for another. Although I cannot take credit for what I am about to share, I am pleased to reveal that the tool I discovered is “Google Translate” for editing.
When I edit my books, I use an app called “www.Grammarly.com” before I send it to my editors. By-the-way, I use it especially when I am about to post ANYTHING to the internet.
Once my manuscript is ready, I send it to a type-editor (for grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.) and then a regular editor (for continuity, flow, prose, readability, etc.). After that, I read it again about five times more. What is amazing is after my book has been published for two years, there are still some things, although not Earth shattering, that I would like to have caught. Had I used this tool during my editing process, I might have found these errors.
I am now up to the twelfth chapter in the second book of the “Wormhole Moon” series. I copied and pasted a part of the chapter into Google Translate and listened to it read my work. I was shocked at the missed words and words although correctly spelled were not the ones that I wanted. I am sharing this because perhaps some of you would benefit as I did. Here is how I do it:
- Go to Google
- In the upper right-hand corner, you will see nine little boxes, click on those.
- It will open up the various Google apps. Look for the blue & white “Translate” App. Click on it.
- The Google Translate page will open. Click on the “Detect Language” icon on the left ad side. Select the language that you want on the right-hand side (English for me).
- Copy the text you want to hear and paste it in the field on the left-hand side. You will be able to post up to 5000 characters.
- Click on the little speaker (Listen) on the lower left-hand side.
- You will hear your text.
I make note of the mistakes, go back to my draft and make the necessary corrections.
I hope this helped. If you have questions for further comments, would you kindly leave a comment? Thank you.