Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Double check your facts (even the basic ones!)

It is coming up to 8 months of doing this blogging business and 8 months of having a serious bash at writing. In those months I have learnt more than I could ever have imagined and am enjoying every moment. Every day I am still learning and am on many occasions trying things for the first time.

The title of this blog stems from an email I had today addressing me as 'Katherine.' I'm ordinarily not riled by many things but it rather bugged me to think that when my name was sat in the body of the email the person had not taken the time to spell it correctly. Many people call me Katy which I am happy with or Catherine my actual name but Katherine is not the spelling of my name. It made me realise if writer's are addressing editors or publishers I can quite understand them not reading on at the point of getting your name wrong.

The reason I bring this up is because it is not the only occasion I have spotted fairly basic errors in recent months. I admit that I am no angel when it comes to correctness on this blog. I have mentioned before I am dyslexic and I am certain this blog is littered with errors. Although I am pretty certain any names of fellow writers or companies are correct as I always double check them. I do not have time to edit and methodically check this blog in the same way I would any work I planned to submit. I also treat any query emails I send (and this is fairly new territory for me) with the same level of methodical checks.

I know I make mistakes which is why I always double check. I am also guilty of double checking and still missing frighteningly obvious mistakes. However the more I practice, the more I am able to recognise my weaker areas and try and address them. One thing I don't do is get people's name wrong.

When you are starting out it is especially important to double-check these facts. There is enough uphill struggle to becoming a writer without creating your own!

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