A “find and replace” trick I just thought of. (Yes, it took me long enough.) When I am doing a global replacement for a word or two, I am not always sure where it will show up in my story.
Everyone has had to deal with the horror of replacing a word, only to find that group of letters inside another word. You get some VERY interesting results when that happens. I soon learned to put a space before and after the original word and the replacement word. Problem solved, except for the cases where your word started or ended a paragraph. Or was the first/last word in a quote.
What I thought of today is to drop the first letter of the replacement FOR SOME REPLACEMENTS.
I had written a chapter and mistakenly used “thunder storm” as two words. I knew it was used throughout the story, and would be in all the places where my previous trick wouldn’t work.
What I came up with was to replace “hunder storm” with “hunderstorm”. I got everything I needed. It didn’t matter where they were used. I kept it capitalized when I needed it. It didn’t matter where is showed up in quotes.
I’m sure it isn’t perfect. That there will be places where it doesn’t work. But, I now have another method that will help with the chore of revisions.