So I’m a woman and you’d think I’d know the difference between woman and women.
I took a month off this summer from writing. I spent the time at the cottage with family and dogs having a wonderful time. Before I left for the cottage, I’d written about 40,000 words of my fourth novel, Look the Other Way.
After my return and before getting back to writing, I decided I’d better read what I’d written.
If you haven’t taken time away from a novel you’re writing, it’s an amazing experience. I was surprised and pleased by what I’d written. Well, with most of it anyway.
This brings me back to woman/women. I know how to use this word correctly, and yet, I found 2 places where I’d used it incorrectly.
Stepping away from the novel for a while and then reading it again, made these errors jump out at me. I’d be embarrassed if I, as a woman, sent this to anyone to read, and hadn’t caught the error.
Do you have a word your hands seem to want to type the wrong way?
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believe it or not, when I’m typing my story, the most misspelled word I find is ‘the’. I always type it ‘hte’. I don’t know if my fingers are dyslexic or what but it’s always staring back at me. As far as using the wrong word…I’d have to say it would be a toss up between your/you’re and it’s/its. I know the difference. They are both pet peeves of mine and I cringe when I find them in other people’s writing. You can imagine the head-banging I do when I find them scattered in my own writings. Heck, they even appear in posts and comments I write. Bad thing is, I don’t notice it until after I hit ‘post comment’, so now I can’t go back and fix it. For some reason, subconsciously I want to put that stinking apostrophe in there even when it’s not needed. That’s one thing I love about search and replace in my word processor. It might take a while to go through the entire document, but it’s well worth it.
That’s funny. I usually type ‘the’ as ‘then’ and ‘no’ as ‘not’. My fingers just want to type that way. My husband laughs at home many times I hit the delete key when I’m typing.
I make the ‘post without noticing the error’ mistake all the time. Even when I carefully read it over, I don’t see it. I just hope everyone has the same problem and doesn’t mind too much!
Hi Kristina, I came upon your blog on Kirsten’s (A Scenic Route) page. It’s great…now following! I too, recently let my manuscript “sit” for a couple of months. I agree, it’s amazing how much clarity you can get when it’s not in your face everyday.
I always mix up the words “definite” and “defiant.” I’m not sure why, really, but when I want to say the former, I always end up typing in the latter. Unfortunately spell checker does nothing about it!
So you write crime novels? That’s interesting. You must really have to have a handle on your plot before you begin, right? In order to plant all those seeds along the way? I give you a lot of credit!
Thanks so much for the kind comments. Writing a crime novel is very entertaining. There is a lot to keep track of and it’s hard to find the right place to plant seeds. I have beta readers that tell me if I’ve planted too early, too late, too many or not enough. I couldn’t write a novel without them.
It’s funny how words get mixed up and that it’s usually the same word repeatedly. Good luck with your writing.
When I write really fast because I’ve suddenly had a huge insight or a pivotal scene reveals itself to me, I make strange mistakes that I normally would never make. I mix up ‘their’ and ‘they’re’, ‘to’ and ‘too’ and even ‘two.’ Words that sound the same, (homophones, I think?) are prime candidates for this. Of course, I catch these mistakes right away as I proof the page, but I find it interesting that I’m so involved in the story that I forget about basic English rules.
To me, it reinforces the idea that creative writing involves much more than just stringing words onto the screen.
How exciting. What you’ve described is a writer’s dream. You are so involved in what you write, that you forget the rules! Those are definitely the best moments!