Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Editing for Grammarphobes: Don't Rely on Spell Check

One of the simplest ways to ensure accuracy in your writing is to spell words correctly. Do not rely only on your computer’s spell check, since it cannot possibly hold all of the words you will want to use.


Here are some of the most commonly misspelled words listed on Oxford Dictionaries.com.


accommodate, accommodation (two cs, two ms)


cemetery (not cemetary)


committee (two ms, ts and es)


gist (not jist), as in to get the gist of something, the essence, the bottom line


government (there’s an n in the middle)




Flash Fiction Fridays Update


New Month, New Theme


Don’t miss the beginning of family gatherings-themed flash fiction this Friday. Starting us off will be writer/editor Michelle Byrne Walsh.


Holiday Flash Fiction


Remember, Holiday Flash Fiction is Due 11/29. 500 words or less on your interpretation of “the holidays.” Could be Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice, Al-Hijira, Ashura, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve or Day or even Festivus. The choice is yours.


January Flash Fiction Fridays Theme Is...Anything Goes!


Write whatever you would like to for January. Any genre. Any style. Due Monday, 1/3/11. 


For both Holiday and Anything Goes Flash Fiction, please e-mail your 500-word or less story to karen@karenberner.com, and put “Flash Fiction Fridays” in the subject line. Remember to include a short bio with links and to sign up to follow Bibliophilic Blather, so  we can build our online writing community. 


I cannot wait for you to read the submissions. There are some wonderful stories coming in. See you Friday.

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