Are we writers obsessive-compulsive about spelling and grammar? Oh, yes. I suspect we are right below editors for being sensitive about those. However, there are other points we obsess about that others might not give a second thought. Here are a few that popped to mind, and the reasons why, in no particular order.
We want our fans to spell our characters’ names right.
It’s not because writers are anal retentive. For myself, when I see the name, I see the character. Luc and all the varied stories about him are lost when I see Luc spelled as Luke. To me, the name is a photograph. The “look” of the word evokes the image of the person. Someone whose name is spelled Luc is different from someone whose name is spelled Luke. And don’t even get me started on calling him Lucky.
If I’m writing, and I misspell a word, I can’t just let it go and come back later and correct it. I know many can, but I can’t. Writers who pride themselves on proper word choice and being grammatically correct must correct such things. If I don’t, I feel as though my skin is crawling. I must fix it now. I’ve gone so far as to use autocorrect for words I use often so I don’t misspell them. I can’t write out the letter t-h-o in Word, unless I put hyphens between the letters, because when I write t-h-o the autocorrect function changes it to though.
When I created the group MFRW (Marketing for Romance Writers) I knew I would have to write the long name of the group many times. To save myself time, I wrote it once, highlighted it, and using the autocorrect function, set it to change to the full phrase when I wrote the letters m-f-r-w-t. I wanted to write MFRW without it changing, because we use that in hashtags, and as a kind of shorthand for the site. Adding the letter T meant “title” to me, and my autocorrect automatically writes the full phrase when I add it. I use the same concept with many things that I both abbreviate and write out. For example, Romance Lives Forever, my blog. When I write RLF that’s fine, but if I write rlft it changes to Romance Lives Forever. and my business, The Author’s Secret, can be abbreviated TAS, but is written out when I type the letters tast.
I do these things because it saves time and it keeps me from making typos or misspelling names. But that’s because writers do those things, not because I’m obsessive compulsive. Really. No, really. (Please do not ask how many times I used spellcheck as I wrote this, because at this point, it would just make me look bad.)
Marketing for Romance Writers is a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing.
Today, October 14, 2015 is Retweet day. MFRW members share the hashtag #MFRWauthor once a month on Retweet day. We promote for and with each other, free of cost. Why not join us?
This is our main group for mentoring, promo requests, advice, and Q&A (but no promo, just promo opportunities offered) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/
MFRW Promo Form (the “golden ticket” to get promo help) http://bit.ly/mfrw_promoform
Twitter http://twitter.com/MFRW_ORG our hashtags are #MFRWauthor #MFRWorg #MFRWhooks
Facebook group (you can promote here) https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mfrworg
Pinterest (put your book here, even if you aren’t on Pinterest) http://www.pinterest.com/mfrworg/
Goodreads Discussion Group http://is.gd/mfrwgoodreads
LinkedIn (our professional side) https://linkedin.com/company/marketing-for-romance-writers-organization/
NOTE: edited 10/19/15
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