I wish I knew about Anna or someone like her when I first started writing.
Not the Anna from my book Seventy Two Hours,(though I do love her.) but Microsoft Anna. She reads your story back for you. She's that text-to-voice software that is already in your PC. I found her in my Vista. Mac has one too. Even Windows XP has a version.
But I believe Anna has them beat. She is sitting in your "Accessories" folder. Look under "Ease of Access."
She helps you hear missing words or even filler words.
If you love starting dialogue lines with words like my special favorite, "Hey," then she'll help you with that too. It's very convenient to be able to have your story read back to you.
She may mispronounce a word here or a word there, but she's worth her weight in erasers.
So the next time you're knee-deep in edits, ask Anna for some help. After all, that's what she's there for. :)
Did you know about Anna?