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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Corrections : 

Dictionary - a book, optical disc, mobile device, or online lexical resource containing a selection of 
the words of a languagegiving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, 
inflected forms, derived forms,etc., expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon; glossary. 
Print dictionaries of various sizes, ranging from small pocket dictionaries to multivolume books,
 usually sort entries alphabetically, as do typical CD or DVD dictionary applications,
 allowing one to browse through theterms in sequence. 

Those things called dictionaries are a writer's friend - they are what can spare a reader's eyes from the pain of stumbling over grammatical and spelling errors. However, for those writers who type on the computer there's that little button with 'ABC' with a small check mark on it? Well, that there is called spell-check. It'll even say 'Spell-Check' if you scroll over it with your mouse. 

Now, I understand when you have typos while you're just skimming over what you've written, but if you're writing is nearly illegible and even you are having a hard time reading it? Well you have to know that your readers, if they can't read it, will put your book down after a couple sentences. 

It's common courtesy to correct your work before you ask anyone to read it, even if you have an editor correcting it for you. At least save them some hours on deciphering your text. 

Here are a few rules to follow : 
  • Text-talk : if you are a writer and use text-talk (i.e. how r u 2day?) in your writing, then please don't quit your day-job my friend. 
  • 5 misses : if you have more than five miss-spellings on a single page (which counts as a lot) you honestly can't claim that you "didn't see them", however, whoever is reading your text may as well know it's true considering you probably didn't read your text beforehand. 
  • Read it : your text is meant to be read - so read it yourself and find whatever errors you can before handing it off to someone else. It'll save them a bit of work.
  • Homophones : know the difference between "their", "they're", "there", "to", "two" and "too".