From the title of my blog I bet you can figure out what today’s topic is about. Yep, you got it. Those pesky words that are similar in spelling and/or sound, but have totally different meanings.
We all have words that make us stop mid key-board stroke and wonder (or is it wander) if we are making the write—oops, I mean right—choice.
I notice when I write there are certain words that trip me up and stop me in my tracks (or do I mean treks?). Don’t you think everyone (or should I say every one with a space between the words?) has words that give them cause to pause? As a writer I work hard to choose words which will convey my characters moods and feelings, set the scene, bring my story to life for my reader. Sometimes it’s hard to accept (except) that I have to stop and double check myself from time to time to make sure I’m choosing the right word to get my point across the way I mean.
This brings me to those awesome people who help me get it right. Critique partners. As a writer, you have to love your critiquers. (I know I don’t mean you’re right? You’re is the contraction for you are). These awesome sticklers of the written word catch many a mistake, not just with plot holes or inconsistencies, but grammar and spelling. They are amazing and know—not no, as if in a negative response—their stuff. Each partner is different in what they notice or catch, but they all have a flair (which means a conspicuous talent, whereas flare is either a noun meaning flame or a verb meaning to blaze or to burst in anger.) on finding those pesky mistakes and helping to make this woman get it right. (Not women, which is a mistake my partners have caught for me hundreds of times, don’t know why, but I always seem to type the wrong one, even though I know the meaning…applause to the critique ladies).
So if you are like me and those mistakes bother you to the point where you lose sleep…*gulp*, I hope I don’t mean loose…even though you have those awesome critique partners and their eagle eyes, today I have a little website that I have come across to help you self edit.
The next time your fingers are flying across the keyboard at warp speed and your muse is talking so fast you can hardly manage to keep up, then one of those words jump out at you and your mind falls flat and your fingers curl. Check out this link and it’ll all make sense.
After you get it figured out, you’ll be able to sit back and just breathe (I hope I don’t mean breath).
Feel free to share any of those trip-up words that overtake your writing from time to time, I’d love to hear them. And fingers crossed that I didn’t mess any of them up in my blog today…lol…now how funny would that be?
Happy writing and reading,