Spelling and grammar

Distribution of Indo-European languages

Distribution of Indo-European languages (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Me, I’m a word freak. I actually look up the etymology – the history and root of words – whether the archaic aught (anything) or ought (duty). I adore Latin and love seeing how a word evolved from Indo-European or Olde English to modern usage. (One of my editors, though, is the real linguistic expert.)

Even so, I have that editor as well as someone who formats my text. Both check my English for me, and ask about any questionable usage. Which I then check. One of my editors did catch me misusing a word so  am I perfect? Do I sometimes mistype? No to the first and yes to the second, that’s why I have someone who not only formats my documents, but catches the errors even my editor misses. Unfortunately, things can occasionally get overlooked. Still, do me a favor? Before you criticize do a spelling and grammar check. You might find something wonderful – a new word! Or an old word with great history!

Readers, what’s the best way to judge a reviewers comments on spelling and grammar? The reviewer themselves. Reviews, like all writing, should be the best example of a reviewer’s skills and should be judged the same.

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Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. She reads and writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, three cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

Valerie Douglas is the co-founder and one of the administrators of the 12,000+ member Indie Author Group – supporting writers around the world.
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