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Holy cracked windshield! What happened to the “n” in “Warning”? Unfortunately, typos possess power to convey a totally different meaning than what was intended. The writer slaps his or her forehead and thinks, “We didn’t mean that.” It’s as if the sign is warning people that the truck is at war! That would be okay if this was a tank, but it isn’t.
Many don’t realize that published writing is like putting on a show. It is a group effort between the writer, editor, and publisher. They come together to put the best words forward. This is true for the average person, too, in any writing other than informal emails or text messages. Think about it: every time we write resumes, cover letters for resumes, or a formal request to city hall, we ask our spouses, friends, and relatives to read over our writing to catch those typo gremlins. At least we should.
Happy writing, my friends!
Sean C. Wright is the author of the short story collection A Gathering of Butterflies and the novella Honey Riley. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.
Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.