And alliteration. Just kidding.
As a freelance writer, novelist and transcriber, the job description entails being proficient in spelling.
A good spell check can assist any poor speller, but I can pick out a spelling error or typo from a mile away. One of my biggest pet peeves is to see a spelling mistake on a huge sign or headline of a newspaper. It especially irks me to see a typo or spelling mistake in one of my novels.
Proofreading is an art in itself and requires a keen eye and I have often been employed to proofread other writers’ works. But I do not have a keen eye when reading my own writing. There are over 130,000 words in my second book, In Name Only, so I hired six individual proofreaders to find the bulk of the typos. What was especially interesting is that each one of them found different typos.
Copyright 2010 Ellen Gable Hrkach