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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer & Frequently Confused Words — IWSG (36)

IWSG November Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Writing to me is like living all those adventures I'm too chicken to try out in real life. It's exploring all the possibilities with any kind of superpowers I'll never develop. But really, my favorite aspect?

                   It's embracing creativity and freeing myself in the process.

And I absolutely love that. What I don't love is getting confused by technicalities, like you know . . . the boring rules :P 

As a writer, I already know that I don’t know everything. I won’t memorize all the rules, no matter how hard I try. And I won’t remember all of those darn confusing words that love tormenting me.

Over at Writers After Dark, we’ve compiled several cheat sheets for just this problem. Why? Well, frankly, because why not? Here are five charts on the most frequently confused words. I truly hope they help you . . . as much as they help me. Because, yes, I do frequently refer to these for my own work. Enjoy!

What other grammar issues do you encounter frequently?










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19 comments:

  1. I'm always having to double check Affect and Effect. The same for Lay/Lie.

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  2. The past tense of Lay is the one that always trips me up. The rule makes no sense, know what I mean?

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  3. I always trip over using practise versus practice. And ofcourse Lay/Lie :(

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  4. Such a great post! Thank you for these lists. I'm saving them for reference :) Lay and Lie are always making me do a double take. I also second guess Affect and Effect each time I use them.

    Happy IWSG!
    Jen

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  5. Those are all print out and keep-worthy. I have the hardest time with lay. I think they need to change the rules to make them suit me. LOL

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  6. I see several of those misused constantly. It drives me nuts.

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  7. Those are handy!
    And we don't need no stinking rules...

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  8. Good ideas, Kathryn! Thanks for sharing them. It's so easy to get these words confused.

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  9. Good cheatsheet. Love going adventures--vicariously through my stories.

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  10. Nice charts!
    And, I since I wrote about a chicken with superpowers once for some younger kids . . . well, let's just say that my tired brain did something odd with your first paragraph and I had to re-read it a few times to make sure that I'm the only one crazy enough to write about super-powered chickens like Cluck Gable.

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  11. While I have a fairly good grasp on which words to use when and where, the correct usage of lay, lie, laid, etc. have always completely screwed me over. I need to save the chart showing how to properly use it.

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  12. The words lay, lie, laid, lying...aaargh! They get me every time!
    Happy IWSG!

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  13. Good cheat sheets. Lie vs lay always gets me.

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  14. These are GREAT... especially the last one... I think we all get those confused....THANKS

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  15. Now is where I pop in and say something totally out there, like, "Rules are exciting and fun!" . . . and then run away.

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  16. I bemoan (note the pompous word choice) the horrid misuse of the perfect tenses: I have went is nails on the chalkboard.

    Then there's my all time favorite I "raise up" or "lay down."

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  17. It’s very kind of you! It's really very important post! I`ll advise it for my female friends. I d`not write very well and often confusing words. Things happen. That is why I buy a term paper I don't know where I would be without it.

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  18. Ooo, those are great charts. I love your writing voice. It so fun. Great post.
    Happy belated IWSG Day and Happy Holidays
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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