Spellchecker vs. Proofreading

I’ve been a lazy writer. Too often I let spellchecker serve as my proofreader and subsequently publish some foolish errors. I’m sure the seasoned writers will find this revelation a bit elementary, but I needed to learn it so I figure others might as well. Here are the errors that highlighted my haste. They appeared in What I Learned, Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin.

It’s a story that’s gripping, but more importantly it’s a story that matters, and I want my writing be similar.

Spellchecker cannot find what doesn’t exist. Stinkin’ “to!”

The story is set in Georgia. I’m from the Peach State and might place a story their one day.

You may not believe me, but I know the difference between there, their, and they’re. It’s a mistake of hurry, not an evidence of ignorance, and this is why I have to stop depending on spellchecker to be my proofreader.

The spellchecker is not equal to a good proofreading.

Thankfully, I applied what I learned as I processed my latest post, What I learned: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and avoided this careless error.

Is there a place where there’s a little too much of your character’s experiences invading your mine?

The published post correctly had the word spelled, m-i-n-D. Good thing I let being more careful invade my mind.

As an aside, am I the only one who has the following habit of hurry? When writing I will write the final letter of a preceding word as the first letter in the one that follows. In fact, I did it while writing the previous sentence. It first read, “… letter in the one tha tfollows.” How weird is that? Am I the only one? Maybe it could be m ytrademark?”

Keep Discovering Writing.


About ryan85

A son, a brother, a husband, a father of eight, and a friend. A follower of Jesus Christ. A fan of the Seminoles and all teams Atlanta. I write, I read, and teach when I can. I prefer red pens. I'm easily distracted. I've lived in Augusta, GA, northern Minnesota, the beautiful western NC mountains, and Tallahassee, FL - Go 'Noles. I played football for FSU, was on the national championship team in 1999, and took a few snaps with the Pittsburgh Steelers. My favorite colors are fluorescent yellow, and Garnet & Gold. I drive a minivan and think it's cool.
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