Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grammatically Yours - Oh, For the Love of Homonyms

Witch word is the rite word?

Let me try that again.

Which word is the right word?

It can be very easy to substitute a word that sounds the same (but is spelled differently) for the word you actually want to use. It happens. Everyone does it.

For writers, we obviously don’t want to make these mistakes in our manuscripts (that’s why we edit!!!). But there is another place that we really don't want to do this...

In our query letters.

After spending months or even years writing a novel then revising and editing it, don’t lose your focus when it is time to query. It’s easy to get excited and it’s easy to rush.

Don’t.

Edit that query letter just like you did your manuscript. If you don’t, you might make mistakes like these tweeted by Kate McKean, literary agent with Morhaim Literary Agency:

So far today, I’ve read about a “pen’s name” (i.e. pseudonym) and a novel that’s “fast paste.” Proofread those queries, folks. #pubtip (link)

This other query I read for a fast paste novel features a main character with a sorted past. At least he’s organized. (link)

Yep. Homonyms.

Don’t be unintentionally funny, people. Be hyper-aware of what you are writing.

Have you ever had homonym trouble? Do you have any stories to share? Have you seen any unintentional funnies?

Friday, September 23, 2011

I Am Ashamed...

Okay, I have been an exceptionally bad blogger lately. Many thanks to all my lovely and patient followers for sticking with me during this ridiculous month-long silence. The entire summer was a lot busier than normal, and I have been in and out of town way more than I usually am. So much going on!

I know, I know. Excuses. Sorry. *grin*

No more excuses.

I promise.

I’m back, and I’m looking forward to getting this blog going again. Next week there will be a new installment of Grammatically Yours. I am also working on a week-long series that I will be posting in October that will focus on semicolons. I have had several requests for semicolon info, so I am diligently putting that series together right now. I also have several NAWS interviews in the works. There are more awesome writers that I would love for you to get to know. Beyond that, you get to deal with all the other random things I come up with to post about. Some of them will be writing related and some not. Hopefully my craziness will not drive you away.

See you all next week!