Mistakes! Argh! – I hate them (don’t we all) – Yesterday I wrote and edited the phrase “an assortment of characters”, turning it into “a range of characters” – only, of course, I changed the word “assorted” to “range” but not the “an” to “a” – so out it popped, showing the world that here’s one “writer” who hasn’t got a handle on grammar – IT’S NOT TRUE, I TELL YOU, it’s the flaw of fast editing!
I do read what I post. Honestly. I read it several times as I write it up, again before I hit that publish button, and – fortunately – once more after it’s out there. Perhaps seeing it in a different format has things jump out that I otherwise miss, but I DO see the errors (and yes, fix them).
Meanwhile, of course, a bunch of people have already seen my fumbling result and the whole stands out like clear advertising that I really don’t have a handle on writing!!!
Heck yes, spelling and grammatical mistakes annoy the [insert expletive-of-your-choice] out of me, but only when those mistakes are mine.
On a scale of 1 to 10, it pans out like this:
Other people’s errors… 1
Other people’s errors in books… 3
My errors… 12
My errors in books… 375