Cheat Sheet, Grammar Assistant

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 a debut author or one with twenty books behind them, these confusions still 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

2 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. Thank you for this. Most of it I was secure with but it is great to have a crib sheet to refer to. so I have saved it in my writing folder.

    On a recent visit to a school where I was teaching a set grammer lesson the children had the following example to write the alternative homophone for :- The heard of cattle were in the field! (This was a printed sheet from a reputable teaching resource text book!) Sue Wickstead

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    1. My pleasure, Sue. I’m glad it will be of use to you. Herd and heard is a great one, with young children myself, I am constantly reading these types of mistakes in their homework and as much as it hurts my eyes, it is so easy to do, especially for the youngsters.

      Happy writing x

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