Duh, What’s Spell Check?

Spelling seems to be less of an issue than punctuation for writers. At least I haven’t encountered much in the way of misspelled words – usually.

Of course wannabee writers do make mistakes; apparently they don’t know about “spell check.” Or what a dictionary is. Now you don’t even need a physical dictionary sitting in your lap as you type. Many different free, online dictionary sites exist, making it easy to look up words you’re uncertain about. Funny thing about dictionaries, though: you just about have to know how to spell the word you’re looking for in order to find it, or at least come close to its correct spelling. Otherwise, you have to employ the ol’ trial and error game, where you try out alternate spellings until you hit the right one. And hope you’re smart enough to recognize it when you do.

But depending too much on spell check is also a mistake. That function can only tell you which words aren’t spelled right, and not whether you’re using the correct word or not. For example, look at the following sentence, “The party moved to the see to sea if it was crowded, so they could skinny-dip.” Spell check will not give you any alerts because all the words are spelled right. Obviously, though, “see” and “sea” are not in the right locations in the sentence and need to be tranposed.

The morale of this story is that you need to know somethin about correct spilling if you want to right well, and at least gave the appearance of a professional right her. (For you clueless ones out there, the previous sentence has deliberately-misspelled words, so don’t go getting all smug on me.)

Dear Maggie,

 I’ve jest joined a riter criteek, group on that there net thinggie that jist loves my stories Sum them was sayin mebbie i need to larn better inglish I was jist wundering if a good inglish is important to be  riter

                                                                                              Wunderin in Chicago

 

Dear Wunderin,

Yeah, I think “mebbie” you need to clean up your act and learn correct English. How much fiction do you read a year, or do you read at all? Do pick up a book at your local library – that’s the building that’s filled with all those books you can rent for free – and read it. That may give you some idea of the gap between a published writer and you.

 If you have any more questions, direct them to someone else until you learn to spell, punctuate, and do anything else that has to do with the English language.

 

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About aakemp

I am a fiction writer and freelance writer/proofreader with excellent research abilities as well. What I offer is high quality writing done in a smooth, logically consistent and error-free manner. No fluff ever with my writing! Just intelligent, interesting copy. My novels include the young adult fantasy, "The Dragons of Atlantis" and the thriller/mystery, "Beneath the Smoke," available on Amazon's Kindle program. Also "The Dragons of Atlantis" is available on OffTheBookshelf.com as an ebook or hard copy.
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