Editing for Grammarphobes: Red Flag Words
Everyone who wants to be a writer did not study English in college or work on his or her high school newspaper. Maybe you are following up on a life-long dream that seemed too “pie-in-the-sky” to pursue seriously. Maybe you have come to love writing later in life. Maybe you were paying more attention to the girl across the aisle from you than to how to use an apostrophe correctly.
Whatever the reason, how do you know what to look for when editing and proofreading your novel?
Somewhere along my educational way, probably in journalism class, I received a list of the most commonly misspelled words. We were told to memorize them, not necessarily how to spell them, but rather to commit the words to memory so every time you came across one when you were editing, it would raise a red flag in your mind and remind you to double check the spelling.
Here is the list of 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words.
Some we have covered here before, but it helps to have them listed like this, don’t you think?
Coming Wednesday – How to edit.