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JUST BREATHE.... and Take a Breath
I received a message this morning... a message of frustration. It made me chuckle. I told her to take a deep breath and just breathe..... Okay, not really. But I could have....
So let's look at a few easily misspelled or misused words. We've discussed some of these before, but a reminder is always good.
Oh, before we talk particular words, can I just say... if you are writing on a tablet (or a phone), I beg you to do EXTRA self-edits before sending your file to your editor—or to have it formatted, for that matter. Really. I am receiving more and more manuscripts where I swear they are using Swype to write and never going back to correct errors. Your most accurate typing comes from a laptop/computer with a full-size keyboard. Trust me on this. (Rates will have to be increased for some if this continues—really.)
So the WORD(s) OF THE DAY from the message I received:
BREATH and BREATHE
There is an easy way to remember which is correct.
"The doctor told me to take a deep breath."
"After running around the block, I could hardly breathe."
So what's the trick to remembering? BREATHEEEEEE has an E on the end. Breath does not.
After discussing breath and breathe, we talked about a few of my frustrations. One I explicitly blame on Social Media. We are all becoming immune to seeing it as an error because of the incorrect overuse. What word(s) am I talking about?
YOUR and YOU'RE — Two entirely different meanings.
YOUR — shows possession. "Is that your coffee?"
YOU'RE — is a contraction of YOU ARE. "You are going to bed early." — "You're going to bed early." NOT "Your going to bed early." NEVER!
Other words to watch for:
to/too/two (and just because you end a sentence with the word 'to' [not recommended], it doesn't mean you spell it 'too'...they are two different words with different meanings.
So many to watch for.... but the words listed above can easily be incorrect when relying on autocorrect and Swype.
I say, "Just say no to Swype when writing a novel."
Thanks, Author Katrina Alba, for the inspiration for this TIPSY TODAY post.
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