Use a computer word processor program
- Especially for outlining your thoughts
- And for running a final spell check!
If the work is for a web site
- Turn off "Smart quotes"
- "Curly quotes" transfer as gibberish on many servers
- In MS Word, go to the Format menu, select Autoformat. . . , then select Options, then the Autoformat As You Type tab, and deselect "Replace Straight quotes with smart quotes". If you also use "Autoformat now" do the same under the Autoformat tab