The famous American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne once said that "Easy reading is damn hard writing".
Well, as your editor, your writing wingman, it's my job to make your writing a little easier – for you to write, and for your readers to read. I've edited a lot of manuscripts, and there are always some common spelling and grammatical errors that pop up to disturb the flow and comprehension of the story. Identifying and fixing these usual suspects will put you ten steps ahead of the writing game.
They're, their and there
You're and your
It's and its
To and too
Then and than
Who's and whose
Let's and lets
Loose and lose
Affect and effect
Alot and alright
Have you ever made any of these common grammatical mistakes before? Have I missed any?
I still remember my religious studies teacher, Mrs Strickland, teaching me the difference between 'they're, their, and there'. As her name suggests, it wasn't a gentle lesson, and I think she started with the words "You're doing this all wrong!" But I learnt my lesson, and, years later, it's pretty much the only thing I remember about that class.
Please share any comments about this article or stories you have of your own grammar mishaps.