Homophones and Typos Hurt Your Writing

My name is Mark and I am your Hyper-Speller.

What is Hyper-Spelling? It is my unique talent to find spelling errors in published books. I am your spelling proofreader.

Do I find spelling errors in a lot of books? Yes, I do, I find spelling errors in over 95% of published books, mainstream publishers included.

How many books do I read in a year? On average I read a book a week, that’s 50 to 55 books each year. I review most of these books also, my book reviews are located at https://www.wordrefiner.com

Do I ever find a book without spelling errors? Yes, one book a year on average is spelling error free.

I love to read and I hate spelling errors because they interrupt the pure pleasure of reading. I hope you will enjoy my posts as I talk about words that can trip most any writer at one time or another.

What is Word Refining?

Most any dictionary: Refine– to remove impurities and imperfections, to make purer.

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Like a blacksmith with heat, hammer and anvil; I work the written word, purifying all spelling errors, to bring clarity to your message and voice. I have been doing this kind of work for all types of literature, fiction and non-fiction, casual and technical. For over 40 years I have refined many types of spelling errors which fall into 4 main categories:

  1. Misspelled words- words that are commonly caught by the spellcheckers on our computers. Some computers apparently do not have a spellchecker or the writer chooses not to use it. I see this type of error more frequently than expected.

  2. Misplaced words- words that are correctly spelled but used in the wrong context. Most spellcheckers are not very good at context. These types of errors are commonly caused by homophones and typographical errors.

  3. Missing words- words that are not there but should be.

  4. Multiple words- a word used too too many times in a sentence; like this sentence.

Of these errors, #2 is what I see the most. There are many reasons that these errors are so prevalent; not the least of is, that the English language is such a hodgepodge of bits and pieces of other languages, it is full of words that sound alike and have different spellings. These words are known as homophones and there are thousands in the English language.

Homophones that nearly everybody might be familiar with includes: to, too, two, or do, due, and dew. There are a lot of them in our everyday life, one of my favorites is right, write, rite, and wright. Quadruple homophones, are rare as a four-leaf clover. I will be doing a series on these homophone groups.

Typographical errors are caused by less than accurate typing. It is quite easy to write a correctly spelled word by typing only one letter wrong. Must, mist and most is a good example, the second letter of each word is different and all three of the vowels are side by side on our qwerty keyboard. Thank you Mr. Qwerty for that big favor. 😉 There are other ways to make a valid word with typographical errors. I will write about many of these types of errors also.

Because so many of us have become accustomed to thinking like we speak, we write what we hear in our head without always taking the time to verify the proper spelling. If the spell checker sees a correctly spelled word on its list, then an invisible spelling error is created. It will sit there, silently smirking, until it is exposed and corrected. My mission is to reveal these errors and set writing straight.

The downside here is that we are constantly represented by our written words, if words are not correctly spelled, then we have not put our best foot forward. We may find the first impression we give is the only opportunity we get. Poor spelling can cause us not just problems but can cause us unanticipated hardships. In this competitive world we live in, it is essential to our success to always be at the top of our game in every way possible.

So, write right like a wright for a rite. I will be talking about these quadruple homophones and others in the future.

Words Have Meaning and Spelling Makes a Difference.

Search for my hashtags online: #HomophonesHurtYourWriting and #TyposHurtYourWriting

How can I serve you?

You can always find me at https://www.wordrefiner.com and I am Twitter a lot https://twitter.com/wordrefiner 

A trick that works

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you again. I’ve been toying with something I think you’ll be interested in. First you get some background.

When I started writing I used to play classical music in the background. I can’t handle anything with vocals or I won’t focus on the task at hand. This worked well for about a year, until my wife started having the same days off I did.

When you get up at 4:00 to write, your wife won’t appreciate your classical music while she’s trying to sleep. I started writing in total silence.

Time marched on, and we wound up with different shifts again. I made a playlist of theatrical music and that helped. (Still no vocals.)

This year we got one of those silly Alexa devices for Christmas. After about a day of trying to stump her with obscure blues music, the new wore off. Then, I was…

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Writers Beware!

Have We Had Help?

This is for all self-published writers, both new and old. I recently uploaded a corrected version of the text for my latest novella The Forgotten People to the original I had added and published on the 17th of March this year. Brilliant, I can now expect it to be posted to my books page on Amazon. Right? Wrong!

After communicating with the people at KDP, I realised that it was a case of wasted effort on my part. Why? Because they do not ‘update’ text on any book you’ve already published on KDP. Why not I hear you cry? Why not indeed! While they acknowledged that they could see I had done as I said when they took a look for themselves, it soon became blindingly obvious that while they are there to answer queries, that’s as far as they will go!

Instead, first you have to unpublish the original…

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19 Great Writing Conferences 12 Online) in April 2021 – by Erica Verrillo…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

Spring has sprung, and writers are thawing out!

This April most writing conferences will be held online.

Virtual events still offer everything a writer might want: intensive workshops, pitch sessions with agents, to how to market yourself and your books, discussions – there is something for everyone.

Get Full Details HERE

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The Best Book Editing Software For New Authors – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

Your choice of book editing software will make all the difference to the final quality of your book.

Editing tools are indispensable for all authors, no matter how experienced.

Writing a book is the easy part. But after you finish writing your first draft, you will need all the help you can get to polish your manuscript and improve your writing.

You have choices, both free and paid. But take your time and make sure you choose the best one for you.

Continue reading HERE

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31 Places to Publish Novellas and Long Short Stories – Paying markets – by Erica Verrillo…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

If you’ve written a longer piece of fiction, but not as lengthy as a novel, you may be wondering where to get it published. (As it happens, I am too, because I just wrote one.) With so many literary journals preferring a “sweet spot” of about 3,000 words, a short story of 5,000 words, much less 8,000, words can be a challenge to publish. Once you get over 10,000 words, finding a home for your work can be daunting.
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Nevertheless it is not impossible. There are quite a few literary journals and publishers that accept longer short stories, novelettes, and novellas. In case you are wondering what the word counts are for these categories, Duotrope uses these guidelines:
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Short story = 1000 to 7,500 words
Novelette = 7,500 to 15,000 words
Novella = 15,000 to 40,000 words

Continue reading &…

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Facebook Appeal Script

Nicholas C. Rossis

Facebook | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Have you been running Facebook ads for your books and found your ad account disabled at some point? If so, then you’ll find this Facebook appeal script that InSync Media’s SEO guru, Mike Guess, shared with me a godsend.

The top 3 strategies that Facebook marketers have used to restore a disabled ad account is:

  1. Keep sending an appeal, and
  2. keep replying to all their emails, or…
  3. Get hold of a Facebook ad rep via Fb chat (if you have this feature)

1. Keep sending an appeal

When your ad account has been flagged and disabled, you can send multiple appeals.

When you do send an appeal, NEVER EVER ARGUE with Facebook!

Just admit fault, even when you know you’re not at fault!

You can use these sample scripts to send an appeal, editing and modifying them to suit your situation:

Sample script #1

Hello Facebook Ads Team,

I understand…

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Subjunctives: The Hamlet Paradox #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writers often find the words and rules we use to describe existence convoluted and hard to understand.

The subjunctive (in the English language) is used to form sentences that do not describe known objective facts.

In other words, subjunctives describe unknown intangible possibilities.

William Shakespeare said it best in his tragedy, Hamlet: “To be or not to be… that is the question.”

Should he exist, or should he not exist—for the deeply depressed Dane, suicide or not suicide is the question. In his soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates death and suicide. He regrets the pain and unfairness of life but ultimately acknowledges that the alternative might be worse.

Be–a simple word, a verb that is a subjunctive. But sometimes the many forms of this word are overused in the narrative. The whole subjunctive thing looks quite complicated on the surface, but it doesn’t have to be. As…

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WE GOT SCAMMED!

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

And I need a drink.

My husband and I just went through the worst experience you can imagine. So, I’m going to pour myself a drink, calm down and start at the beginning.

Langston and I have a long-standing customer relationship with Comcast aka Xfinity. When they contracted with our city, they also gave the customers free internet security service through Norton. We were ecstatic to get something for free and it lasted many years without any major problems.

In 2021 we, the customers, were told that Xfinity would no longer offer a free service and that we could continue with Norton’s at a price. I was reluctant.  My husband wasn’t. He dived right in and got the program upgraded so that we got protection on all our devices. I washed my hands of everything to do with Norton and let him handle all of it.

So, a couple of…

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