Well Howdy!

I have found that weekly blogs are more up my alley than daily so check back once a week to see what is new.


As a writer, I find that there are such moments of doubt and then moments of clarity that I must be in a zone to write and editing is done in a much more conscious state. At least you hope you are conscious when your editing I know I do. The mind sees what it wants, what it believes it is has ready put on the page. So here are some tips I have used that really help in finding those crazy little nits that pop up in the written word.


  1. Read the work aloud. Sometimes if you read it aloud even to yourself, you will catch things that would have been easily missed previously.
  2. Print your work. While reading touch each word with a pen so your brain sees each one.
  3. Give a friend or writing group a chance to look at your work so they can catch what you have missed or not thought of. There is a link on the blog rolls of this page to the online writes group I use most regularly. They are a great group of people who are all about helping and not about beating you up and they are from all over the world.
  4. Hang upside down and read so you get a new perspective.
  5. Don’t rely on just your spell check to catch you errors. Not a one of them is full proof.
  6. Make a list of the thing you consistently do wrong in your writing. For me there and their, where and were are a couple of examples.
  7. Use a great online dictionary. I like http://www.wordsmyth.net/home.php but there are a ton of them out there you can use free.
  8. Walk away for a while a day is better than a few minutes and a few weeks is even better if you have the time. When you come back, you will have a fresh out look and may be able to make it flow better.


Keep writing I know I will!

Rhonda R. Carpenter


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