Should I use Microsoft Word for Articles???

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  1. Kain 360 profile image92
    Kain 360posted 8 years ago

    I got accepted to a few websites that I can now write articles for. One of those places is Constant Content. Thankfully, I got approved after taking a short grammar test and submitting a 250 word sample (which IMO is short). Quite frankly, I was scared I got one of questions wrong because I said "Go Green" was incorrect, if I recall. They never told me if I missed any questions or not....

    I have Microsoft Word Starter 2010. Would this be a good program to write articles on? Or should I invest in a better program, as I may be working on dozens of articles if things go as planned etc. I use Microsoft Word Starter a bit, but never utilized it specifically for writing articles. For HubPages, I just write on here.

    Appreciate any help, thanks. smile

    By the way, not sure if my version of word works properly. There are problems checking grammar.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
      Phyllis Doyleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations, Kain, on your new position. I found the best place to write my articles is on Google Docs. It is a free program and does all the editing for me (spelling, grammar, punctuation). I have been using Google Docs (they call it Google Drive now) for several years and love it.   

      Google Drive is a free way to keep your files backed up and easy to reach from any phone, tablet, or computer. Start with 15GB of Google storage – free.

      Just type   google drive   in your search engine.

      1. Kain 360 profile image92
        Kain 360posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I REALLY would like a program that checks grammar, as Constant Content & other websites can be strict. Although they approved my short article sample, I want to ensure I do not have grammar mistakes on submitted work.. I used some free grammar checkers on the internet, but they must have been bad, as I typed a sentence that I KNEW had mistakes & the program said it "had no mistakes." hmm

        Never heard of the program you mentioned, but I'll look into it. Spelling does not really concern me, as that is usually easy to check. It's mainly grammar and certain types of punctuation that I want checked.

        HubPages is not so strict because there are no upfront payments & articles are not being sold on here to clients/website owners etc. Plus, I don't see how HubPages could be like other writing platforms because the staff is so small.

      2. abidareacode profile image71
        abidareacodeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You are correct. But all our activities including mail,blog etc are accounted in this 15GB and will cover this much storage easily.Recently I experienced mail bouncing due to this.So before storing to drive make sure that your 15GB have enough space more.

    2. Jayne Lancer profile image94
      Jayne Lancerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Word often prompts me to reinstall certain features, especially spell and grammar check, but simply restarting the program is often enough to solve the problem. I must say, though, I don't have much faith in ANY grammar checkers. As context-based as they're professed to be these days, they are still more often wrong than right in my experience.

      I always compose my articles (including hubs) using Word, by the way.

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
      Phyllis Doyleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kain, Open Office is also a very good word doc program. I downloaded it for free and use it for the books I am working on. I am very happy with it.

      I like Google Docs because storage is with my account on their site, not my computer. I have never had any problems with them.

    4. The Examiner-1 profile image59
      The Examiner-1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I use that program all of the time to pre-write my Hubs in that program and copy/paste them to a Hub starter. Word 2010 has always caught my spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. I still do my own proofreading after it is in HP before I publish, but Word does help a lot - especially with my grammar.
      By the way, congratulations.

      1. Kain 360 profile image92
        Kain 360posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I think it catches some of my problems, but not certain types of punctuation. Thanks by the way. smile

        1. The Examiner-1 profile image59
          The Examiner-1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Which types of punctuation?

  2. LeslieAdrienne profile image73
    LeslieAdrienneposted 8 years ago

    Personally I love Word, but, I would certainly update to the most current version. I have found that Office 360 is the easiest and least expensive way to stay on top of the regular updates.... Tried Google docs, but never pursued it because of my love for Microsoft products... LOL  Congratulations and I am praying that you have great success....

  3. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image85
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 8 years ago

    Google Docs is the best option. Please share your experiences on Constant Content in the form of hub or forum. Good luck.

    1. Kain 360 profile image92
      Kain 360posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I will. Depending on how things (and what I do) go I may write a hubpage or two one it.

  4. Barack James profile image94
    Barack Jamesposted 8 years ago is an excellent online proofreader; you can also upgrade your Ms Word to the latest version (2013 version) which has a much better proofreading capability.

  5. Marie Flint profile image79
    Marie Flintposted 8 years ago

    Use what you have. Check your pocket book. Lay it to heart. Then decide. Blessings!

  6. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 8 years ago

    I have used open office for years...ever since MS office started to charge.

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image59
      The Examiner-1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am still using Word 2010 for  free. If I upgrade, then they will charge.

  7. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 8 years ago

    I use Open Office or Google Docs. Open office is very similar to Word in features.  Keep in mind however, that even the best grammar/spell checkers don't always catch everything.  The best way to improve grammar and writing skills is time and repetition.  Your speed and accuracy increase naturally over time also smile.  One of the easiest ways to find errors and spare yourself excessive edits and rejections is to to read your work aloud.

    1. Kain 360 profile image92
      Kain 360posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I can write 500 words in an hour or slightly less. However, this is mainly only if I know exactly what I'm going to type (and if I type fast).  Since I am writing for a more strict site, I'm going to go much slower, at least initially. On HubPages, I have always written things rapidly. I have over 200 hubs on another account, but some are not as good because I wrote them years ago.

      Although my typing speed is about 50-60 WPM, that is irrelevant in regards to proofreading speed.

      1. ChristinS profile image40
        ChristinSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I wasn't talking about typing speed - I was talking about the ability to write faster and to not make as many errors as you write.  Sorry if I wasn't clear about that.

  8. Kain 360 profile image92
    Kain 360posted 8 years ago

    I found a website that checks punctuation quite well. It's called Ginger. Not saying it's the best tool, however, I intentionally put sentences that needed commas etc. and it actually said they were incorrect. Many other tools would say the sentence(s) were correct when they were actually wrong. Also, Ginger can include alternate sentences, although they may change meaning of sentence.

    My Microsoft Word will correct some grammar, but does not always find punctuation mistakes very well (in my experience with it).

  9. Caleb Melvern profile image92
    Caleb Melvernposted 8 years ago

    Are you using Windows? I suggest you check out DarkRoom. It's a distraction-free word processor. On full-screen mode, all you'll have is a black page. No toolbars, rulers, scrollbars, etc. I prefer using DarkRoom because I don't have to think about spelling errors, font, etc. I just copy & paste to Word once I'm done writing. This isn't for everyone, but I just want to share it because I'm sure somebody out there will find it useful.

    1. Kain 360 profile image92
      Kain 360posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am using Windows 7.


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