There are times when we read an excellent book but an over used expression or word keeps breaking the flow to hit you in the face….Marcia shares an example of that in her post on Story Empire… and I am sure she would love to hear from you with your findings.. thanks Sally

Hi, Folks! Marcia here, hailing you from central Florida where temps are starting to soar, and spring is tipping over into summer even as I type. So much for getting all my outdoor projects done before I can no longer bear to leave my air-conditioned house for anything more than a quick trip to the mailbox and back!

But heat or no heat, it’s time for another #WhyWriteWrong post, wherein I share some common errors I see popping up in books way more often than they should. These short posts are designed to help you avoid having these errors crop up in your own books. 

As a reader, these kinds of mistakes really jump out at me, pulling me out of the story long enough to think (or occasionally yell) “Noooo! That’s just wrong!”

As I writer, I know we always want to avoid anything that distracts our readers from the story we’ve written. Therefore, I sincerely hope this series will be useful for some of you and a bit of fun, at the same time.


Head over to find out which erroneous expression Marcia discovered popping up too frequently in a recent book….


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14 thoughts on “#WhyWriteWrong?

  1. Thanks so much for passing this along, Sally. These are always a lot of fun, and are focused on words and phrases writers often use incorrectly–those things they’ve misunderstood. Ever hear someone say “for all intensive purposes,” when what they mean is “for all intents and purposes?” Those kinds of things are the ones I have to jot down when I spot them, so I can share later (and avoid myself). I have quite a list of them, and am looking forward to doing one of these each month over on Story Empire.

    Hope you’ll enjoy them. And thank again for sharing this one! You may already know this, but you ROCK! 🙂 ❤

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      • That’s true, and we all do it, myself included. There will probably be some of that included, too, but what I’m mostly looking for are the errors where people have used the wrong word, simply because they don’t know it’s wrong. Some of the examples I’ll be sharing are things I’ve heard actually heard people say, in addition to seeing them in books. Lots of different things like that, and hopefully, each post will clarify the proper usage for a couple more writers. I take notes for myself, too. 🙂 And when I start to use a tricky word or expression, I often refer back to them to be sure I’m using it correctly. Writing! Am I having fun yet? (Okay, silly question. I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had and learning new stuff every day along the way.) 😀

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  2. This is a great post by Marcia. I’m with her, some mistakes can really grate on my nerves. Fortunately, most writers have their books edited and the errors can be eliminated before they reach my eyes.

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