When I work on a manuscript, I take shortcuts. For example, one of my characters in my work-in-progress is named Rebecca, so I have my Word software set so that when I type “reb”, it actually types Rebecca. The same with my character Dorothea. I type “doro” and Word types Dorothea.
(On a side note: my ex-husband once set up his poor secretary, Joan’s, Word program so that every time she typed the word “the”, it would show up as “Ouch, Joanie! Not so hard!”)
Anyhow, I have a character in my current work-in-progress whom I love. She’s this tiny African American woman named Lady Alice. I have my Word software set up so that every time I type the word “lady” it types “Lady Alice.” This is causing me problems. I never realized how often I type the word “lady” in other documents and email. “The lady at the drugstore” becomes “The Lady Alice at the drugstore.” “First Lady Michelle Obama” becomes “FIrst Lady Alice Michelle Obama.” You get the idea.
Needless to say, I’m proofreading everything!