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Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Hi everyone
It has been quite a while since I wrote a post for the website, so apologies for neglecting you all. It has just been a busy year. I’ve had a fabulous time working on all the various short stories, novels and non-fiction pieces of work this year, in every genre from fantasy to memoir, science fiction to inspirational non-fiction.

However, we are at that time of year again, one week from NaNoWriMo. Now, if you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, here’s your chance. Join tens of thousands of other writers, possibly hundreds of thousands, in a 30-day challenge to write 50K words. That’s only 1,666 words per day. Yes, I know, I said ‘only’!

Anyway, several of my clients have done this and have produced novels from it, and some have repeated it each year. Now it’s my turn to join them! With the proofreading and editing business going so well, I figured it was the only way I was going to manage to write another novel! So, I am still outlining at the minute, but come 1 Nov, I will be poised like my peers to get that word count up. (I love that NaNoWriMo lets you input your word count – motivational!)

So, I was wondering if any of you are participating this year. If so, feel free to add me as a buddy on the NaNo site. I am under soozbuch. And here’s the NaNo site – https://nanowrimo.org/
For now, all that remains is for me to reblog my tips from last year on NaNoWriMo – check out the article below
Top 10 Tips for #NaNoWriMo – An Editor’s Perspective by @perfect_prose #MondayBlogs
And good luck fellow NaNoWriMoers!!

Fifteen Common Spelling Mistakes

Now we all know that people often get their and there mixed up, forget where an apostrophe should go with its/it’s and many confuse of and off. But, there are so many other words which writers have problems with. Today I’m going to give a few examples I’ve come across in the past few months. So, do any of these trip you up?

You might feint in fencing, but it’s a faint smile on someone’s face.

You could have a flair for writing, but it’s your temper which flares up.

We talk of someone’s personal effects, but how a death in the family affects you.

Famous artists might produce works of art on canvas, but politicians canvass voters.

The brakes on your car might fail, but you break a leg. And that means handbrake too.

I wonder what I’ll have for lunch today, as I wander around the park.

Lead has a few meanings, but in this instance I am talking about the verb. Often writers will write ‘lead’ as the past tense of ‘to lead’, when it should be ‘led’. I led him by the hand, but he knows how to lead.

He was prostrate on the bed, ruminating over the fact he had to go and see the doctor about his prostate.  (Prostate without the R is related to the prostate gland, whereas prostrate means lying down.)

You might find the baked beans in aisle 11 of the supermarket, but you reach the isle of Arran by ferry.

You’re a sight for sore eyes. The building site was just past the shops.

I had no idea he had put the TV on mute. Who does the most housework in my house is a moot point. (in the sense of open for debate)

She scolded her toddler for climbing on the table. He scalded himself with boiling water from the kettle.

It might seem like a no-brainer, but the following examples trip up even the most seasoned writer:

You sow your wild oats, but you sew a button on your shirt.

You don’t want to waste a precious moment of your writing time, but watch your waistline when consuming all those chocolate biscuits at your desk.

I’d like to lose a stone in weight, but hopefully I won’t have to wait for my sister’s wedding for a good excuse to do so.

That’s all for now, folks! Happy writing!