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Free info for writers - Spelling Lists

November 15, 2017

Why are Spelling lists important?

     Regardless of whether you are an indie author or commissioned author, you want your work to have minimal mistakes. Therefore, spelling lists in conjunction with proofreading/editing are all important.

     Today, my aim is to give you some info that you will be able to use in all types of writing.




News/Personal Experience
     This week has been hectic… and I am not even sure where it has gone. I think the spring cleaning has taken a lot of our time.
My daughter, Kadi, received her latest assignment results back and without boasting too much… lol… she obtained her high marks with a absolutely “wow!” feedback.
     This weekend is a planned family weekend… will tell you more about it next week. 



     Each writer, regardless of genre, uses the most common basic words. One notary gives this list at about a 500-word figure… Many of these words have ‘sound alike’ words but with a different meaning. It is easy in that defused mode to write the incorrect form of spelling for the word we intended to write. Sea… See… Saw… sore… and the… they’re their there… friends in crime… whether 

weather wether we want to or not. 
     Most document spellchecks do not pick up the wrong application of a correctly spelt yet incorrectly applied word. On a good day, we all make mistakes… on a bad day, we make even more.
Therefore, it is necessary to have numerous lists of spelling.


Writing stays:
1.    Use for checking, editing and proofreading project/writing
2.    Uniform throughout the project/writing
3.    Correct spelling for the country our writing represents
4.    Character names do not change from… Jon to John and back to

       Jon in each different chapter 
5.    Mostly Error free 

6.    Lists for clarification of manuscript spelling for editor use one.

When, How & What 

     Spelling lists come from every form of writing you do. Each list should be alphabetically done. Name each list appropriately. 
Make/collect lists and file for:

Personal genre lists
1.    Chapters and Novels… very new chapter/project… make a words

a.    Book title > chapter number>word list in alphabetical order
b.    Poems – words list
c.    Short stories – words list
d.    Names of people, places, science, and other things you write

e.    Names you have invented for any writing project

f.     genre specific words


General lists

2.    Other
A.    Common errors
B.    Core words
C.    Difficult words list
D.    Our own demon words
E.    Measurement conversions and names
F.    Time period words
G.    Science words
H.   Researched information 
I.    word list lists from on line at school websites
J.    100,000 common word lists
K.    Homophones
L.    Synonyms 
M.   Homophone…  words and phrases that sound the same with different meanings
N.    Homograph… words that sound and are spelled the same with different meanings
O.    Homonym… words that have the same spelling yet more than one meaning
P.    Heterograph… words that sound the same, with different spelling and meanings
Q.    Multinym… words that sound the same with two or more different meanings and spellings
R.    Lists of words from ANY writing we do
S.    Your favourite mini-theasaurus


 Above table from: Qries answered by Vineet Answered on 14th Feb, 2017
(  (09.12.17)



Collected... now store
     Store each alphabetically arranged list alphabetically or under specific subjects – whatever is the easiest way for you to access the files when you need them.


In either one or more of the following:
1.    Folder
2.    Handheld device - ‘notebook’ app of one form or another
3.    Computer


Put appropriately named tabs on each section for easy access

Discussion Question 

     What is the 'red herring' referring to and how can the application be used in a story?


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Take Care 

Cecelia J. 


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