Mistakes can Come Back to Haunt You

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Making Yourself Understood

If you’re a writer most likely you try your best to make yourself understood. Each writer has their own personal touch as they write. Your voice is yours and yours alone. So why do we not try harder to edit our work before others see it? Good question. I often jump to post articles and stories on the internet that require more editing than I have given it. I most always go back and read my work several times after I have already let others see it. This is not always wise as I see the errors I missed before. Not all sites are created equal and there are a few where once you post it that’s it. It’s there for the world to see. I am pleased Hub Page articles are easy to edit at any time. The correction is nearly instant here. Some sites demand a little time to display the edited page. In the meanwhile you hope another has not read your embarrassing piece of work.

I admit I use the computer’s software to catch mistakes and sometimes I trust the corrections more than I should. Certain words spelled correctly used in the wrong manner will not get fixed unless you catch the mistake yourself. Homonyms are words that sound alike, but mean different things. Homophones are a type of homonyms which sound alike, but have different spellings. Homographs are spelled the same, sound the same, but have different meanings. Your writing software with a state of the art spelling and grammar checker will not catch any of these. Rely on your own eyes and the eyes of your audience to find these common mistakes. Take criticism kindly and thank those who spot your goof so you can fix it before others see it.

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Here are a few common homonyms:


Where (adverb) on earth will you wear (verb) ware (noun) as silly as that hat you made?

There (adverb) you are. Their (adjective) coats are pretty. They’re (they are) special.

By (preposition) the sea shore we will buy (verb) fish before we say good-bye. (noun)

Which (adjective) girl will be the witch (noun) for Halloween?

The busy bee (noun) will be (verb)gathering pollen.

Mail (noun) call, for all those who want their (adjective) letters, they’re (they are) here on my desk.


Double letters can confuse you.

It is very easy to use the wrong word if we can’t spell correctly. Double letters can not only confuse you when spelling a familiar word, but it changes the definition of the whole sentence. Most of the people who know me, also know I love to write fan fiction for the classic westerns. In several stories I wrote last year and before, I mention a coral. I should have known I need a double “r” in the word needed for my western story. A coral is a sea creature and a corral is an enclosure made to keep livestock from roaming free. You can see how amazed I was to find I had not noticed the mistake earlier on, not to mention the embarrassment behind the goof. My very first western story I wrote back in grade school was titled Cougar at the OK Corral. I never dropped an “r” in those days.

Don't let mistakes come back to haunt you.

Mistakes will haunt you and if you’re easily embarrassed it can stop you from trying at all. You should be learning from the mistakes and you should be trying harder. Just as in every other thing you do, practice is the key to getting good at it. I manage to goof up nearly everything I pursue, but I’m stubborn. I may stop doing certain tasks for awhile. Sometimes just taking a break helps clear your mind. It will allow time for other closely related interest such as reading or watching movies. A story is a story and your choice of how you receive it does not matter near as much as not receiving it at all.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

I just found an error when I discovered a copyright infringement. I laughed and laughed that the thieves made the same error. They also cleaned up the article and made some drastic errors. I suspect it was translated into another language and then back to English. The reason I never caught the error is I hate the hub. I worked on it and worked on it until it drove me crazy. Despite ranking well, I would rather forget it.


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks for stopping by, tirelesstraveler. It's so funny how the eye can look over simple goofs and not notice them, then all of the sudden they stick out like a sore thumb


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I know we can become so close to our own work, especially after having been working on it for some time that our own errors do not jump off the page, like they do when we read others' work. It is always good to have another person read over one's work before publishing or walk away from it for a bit, and look at it fresh again.

Another one I see a lot is ... its and it's ...

I will go back and look at some of my other writing and much to my horror, I see something jump out at me and wonder how I could have overlooked it initially.

Good hub and reminder!

Up and more and away


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks, Faith. I need to go back and read some more of my old works and see what jumps at me.


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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i guess i am a mistake repeater, i frequently do mistakes and yet still doing it again in my work


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Diana Lee 18 months ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I do that, too, peachpurple, but usually it's something I'm not aware of at the time. Sometimes simple mistakes can be funny if we don't let them get us down. After all we are human. None of us are perfect, although I'm sure most of us have a boss or associate thinking otherwise.

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