by Nann Dunne
Please, let me BEG
all you authors to run a spellchecker on your manuscript before
submitting it to a publisher. That doesn't catch words that are
misused (or missing!), but it catches the ones that are misspelled.
Editors will appreciate the help.
particular attention to your spelling of character names. I've read
four books in the past two months that have character names spelled
more than one way (not intentionally!). Let me give you a tip (in
MSWord) about names of characters, places, etc., that are used more
than once in the story. When you first type a name, put your cursor
on it, then go to Tools, Spelling and Grammar. When the name shows
up in the box, click on Add. That way, if you accidentally misspell
the name later, it will be highlighted with the red underline that
Word uses for misspellings. Pay attention to all those red
underlines; they are an invaluable help. When you see one, put your
cursor on the word and click the right mouse button. That will give
you a few suggestions for the correct spelling. Please make sure you
pick the right one. Let's all work together to keep typos out
of our published books.
suggestion: Keep a list of character names with their pertinent
details. When you've been away from your story for a while, or
haven't mentioned a particular character for 50 pages, check to make
sure you're calling him exactly the same name and giving him the
same history or description. Believe me, mistakes do happen.
Lest we rely
too heavily on the spell checkers, folks, here's a reason for
An Editor's Nightmare--
Eye halve a spelling chequer;
with my pea sea.
It plane lee marques four my revue
stakes eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong or write;
me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee
fore two long;
And eye can put the error rite--
Its rare lea
Eye have run this poem threw it
Eye am shore your
pleased two no;
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Do you think
the English language is easy to learn? (Or edit? LOL) Consider the
We must polish the Polish furniture.
could lead if he would get the lead out.
The farm was used to
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more
The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
fish was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the
dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The bandage was wound around the wound.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to
© 2003, Nann
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