Each time, I've written an article, the first thing I do afterwards, is to hit F2. This magic button will copy the text into WhiteSmoke, where I can check it for spelling, grammar, and style.
This is always my first check. Only after that will I send the article to my proofreader, or – if I'm in a hurry – submit it directly to an article directory.
As a non-native English speaker or writer, the WhiteSmoke step gives me a certainty about having done my best. I don't want to do sloppy work, but I wouldn't trust my word processor alone to check spelling and grammar. And style? That helps me improve my language.
Right after WhiteSmoke has made the first check of my text, I get an view over the number of errors it has found, and which kind they are. It also gives me a “grade”, for instance “8 out of 10 Good”. I've gone as far as “9 out of 10 Very Good”, but I still strive to reach 10 🙂
When I know where my errors are, it's time to correct them, which I do like this:
I check the underlined words and phrases in the text field, and correct the ones that I agree with. Sometimes, I disagree. WhiteSmoke doesn't know a word like “AdSense” for instance, so it will mark it as a spelling error.
When everything is corrected, I click “Apply”, and the revised text returns to my text editing programme.
That's how easy it is to use WhiteSmoke.
If you're serious about writing articles or other English material, I strongly recommend that you get WhiteSmoke. It's well worth it! You can get it for Mac OS X and Windows.