Writing Tip #2: Don’t Count on Spell Check


Many writers rely on spell check, and it does usually catch typos. However, what it doesn’t catch is the use of a word that is spelled correctly, yet is the wrong word for the sentence. So even after you’ve spell-checked your work, always proofread it yourself to catch these insidious mistakes. Here are some examples:

Michelle’s parents did not want hers to go to the party. (This should be “her”, not “hers”)

They’re were in good shape financially. (“They’re” should be “they”)

The music had a soothing affect on the crowd. (“Affect” should be “effect)

Good luck with your writing!

Have a question about writing? Please comment or email me: leslie@lesliewellsbooks.com

Leslie Wells has edited forty-nine New York Times bestsellers in her thirty-year publishing career. She is the author of Come Dancing, a contemporary romance set in New York City in the 1980s. Visit her at www.lesliewellsbooks.com

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