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Authors… Do you get confused with certain words? Not sure whether it’s an effect or affect? Read on… This post is all about commonly misspelled words, confused definitions, and homophones. I hope it helps!

Happy hump day!

Today I’m talking about some of the most common mishaps I find in the majority of manuscripts I am sent.

With every manuscript I open, I carry out some basic housekeeping before I start the actual editing. This includes checking for some of the most commonly misspelled words and I have a list of these printed out which I keep to hand. Whether from a debut author or one with twenty books behind them, these confusions appear.

It’s with this in mind that I thought I’d create you a cheat sheet to print out and keep to hand.

I have included some of the most commonly misspelled words, words whose definitions are often, and easily, confused, and some of the most common homophone (words which sound the same but which have different meanings and/or spellings) mishaps.

You can download the PDF here: Creating Perfection ~ Grammar Assistant

Do you have any tips and tricks for remembering the spelling of tricky words? One of mine is for necessary… one Coffee and two Sugars…

Let me know in the comments below if you struggle with any of these.

Have a super day and I do hope this helps 🙂

Emma x

3 thoughts on “Authors… Do you get confused with certain words? Not sure whether it’s an effect or affect? Read on… This post is all about commonly misspelled words, confused definitions, and homophones. I hope it helps!”

  1. Really useful document.
    Only confused definition I’d add is ‘as’ and ‘because’.
    I teach magazine journalism university students.and they frequently write ‘as’, which means one thing happening at the same time as another, when they should have used ‘because’, one thing happening as a consequence of another.
    But thank you.

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  2. Fete and fate, desert and dessert. I type whichever first comes to mind, then use a thesaurus to determine whether destiny has me browsing stalls, or I’m surrounded by sand eating something yummy. 😀

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