Typos Typos Oh How I Hate Thee…Or Do I?

by: C.J. Galaway

April 28, 2016
You’re typing merrily along, the words flowing onto the page at a rapid pace. The work is finished and off it goes to the editor.

When it comes back, you see the little red marks form the editor’s pen scattered throughout the work. Nothing bad, just typos, the occasional misspelled word.

But you’re a published writer? How can you have typos, let alone misspelled words? I mean really now.

In my case, typing is not my strong suit. It never has been and never will be. And I had typing in junior high, but I also had an anti-left handed teacher. But that is neither here nor there. My first drafts are written in long hand and I convert that to the computer. I use the conversion to typed pages as my first revision, cleaning up dialogue and adding pages.

I know for some of you this doesn’t work, and that’s cool. This is what I have found that works for me.

Anyway back to typos.

I also enjoy watching television, which means binge watching Netflix as I type.

Ah, now we get into typos.

Sometimes they are frustrating, but other times they showcase a scene that might need a little more detail or attention that otherwise might have been overlooked.

So never overlook a typo, it may be hiding a gold mine.

Oh and before I forget, never, ever blindly accept what any spell check program says is wrong. They are, after all, programmed by humans.

5 Comments

  1. Unknown

    Oh, if only people could learn not to blindly accept what spell checkers say is correct…

    It's good to write it on paper first, though I don't do that so much these days. My first novel filled several notebooks with drafts of chapters.

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  2. Sahara Foley

    You're right about typos sometimes showcasing a part of the story that might need some additional work.

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  3. C.J. Galaway

    When I was an education major I did internships in high schools. My favorite lecture was called Don't Trust The Cat It Lies. This was based of of Word having an office assistant so I used the cat.

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  4. C.J. Galaway

    i know I have found a few that way.

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