Writters Who Should Of Done A Free Spelling And Grammar Check

Writters who Should Have Done A Grammar Check

Writters? Yes, the title of this post should read, writers who should have done a free grammar check. But it caught your attention, didn’t it?

An English grammar checker is essential as grammar mistakes and spelling errors can never be excused in a published book.

As readers of my blog know, I am an unrelenting supporter of self-publishing.

It gives the freedom of written expression to anyone who wishes to take the time to write and then self-publish their books and ebooks for the world to read.

Self-publishing standards

Sure, self-published books come in varying standards, and some may complain about this.

But I do not believe that the practice of comparing self-published books to traditionally published books is fair.

Firstly because of the enormous difference in investment in preparation, production, and marketing.

And secondly, because self-publishing should be about being different, inventive, original, and experimental, and not all about copying a centuries-old model.

However, there are fundamental elements to writing, which cannot be excused under any circumstances.

Basic grammatical mistakes and misspelt or misspelled words. When you spell writter instead of writer, you are not a writer.

Failing to do a grammar check or even spell checking is fatal.

Terrible spelling and very basic English grammar errors are unacceptable by any measure.

There are so many online grammar tools available to help writers correct very basic writing mistakes.

Such errors are a definite sign of laziness, and I would add, disrespect for potential readers.

Not only this, but each careless error slights fellow writers and self-publishing as a whole.


Basic grammatical and spelling mistakes are signs of carelessness

Of course, typos happen, and I doubt I have read a book without one or two or even more than a few.

But when I come across writing riddled with basic errors, be it in a book, a blog post, a social media post on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or worse, a writer’s bio, I shudder in disbelief.

Self-publishing has made gigantic strides in recent years in regard to quality.

So these few careless writers, or writters, only give fuel to those who persist in criticizing self-publishing.

All it would take to correct these fundamental errors is to use a free spell-check tool and a grammar check.

In fact, almost all laptops and tablets have inbuilt grammar and spell checkers. It is only a matter of turning them on and using them to be able to correct grammar.

The spelling and grammar checkers in word processors such as Microsoft Word, while not perfect by any means, will still catch the most common errors.

But only if a writer takes the time to use them and check.


Be an author

If you truly believe you are a writer or an author, you should take pride in every word you produce, whether it be in a book, a blog post, a tweet, and especially in your author bio.

In the fast-paced online world, it is impossible to get someone else to check all your writing.

So if a free checking tool helps you write better and more accurately, use it.

But there are those who do not take such pride in their work, and this lack of pride taints all self-published authors.

It only takes a few minutes to scan suggested corrections in Word or by using free online grammar checkers and even plagiarism checkers to be sure.

Good English writing, grammar, correct spelling, and sentence structure are not difficult to achieve for any writer.

It is only a matter of taking the time to care. Use some of the basic tools that are available to all writers to improve your English.

Sure, a few typos will and do slip through. Even a few run-on sentences can be excused.

But there is no excuse for the all too common errors such as those highlighted in the following paragraph.


To all the writters out there

So to all the writters and authers out their, maybe you should of read these terrific little lists from Copyblogger before writting you’re book, or even you’re bio. Its very bad for you’re image and will effect you, by immediately loosing your potential readers. Better to check first then be very sorry. Or worse, become a embarrassment too not only yourself, but to your fellow self published authors, who do take earnest pride in there work.

Always keep in mind that a good writer always checks for bad grammar – and double-checks, and proofreads – every single word they write.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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6 thoughts on “Writters Who Should Of Done A Free Spelling And Grammar Check

  • Avatar for John Benjamin Sciarra
    December 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    In my dialog, I often try to capture the phonetics and typical bad grammar on purpose. Do you oppose doing this? If so, how would you indicate the background of the character (i.e. accent of non-English speaking individuals).

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      December 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      In dialogue, I don’t think there’s a problem, as long as it is clear that the vernacular is being used. In the narrative, however, that’s a different story.

  • Avatar for Pamela
    September 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    This is a great piece. I would love to put it on an audio loop and require medical transcriptionists or medical language specialists, as they are now named, to listen to it repeatedly. Not sure it would sink in, but the lack of knowledge of basic skills is alarming. It makes me crazy, being in a QA position for a large medical facility. I find the term of medical language specialist job title very humorous. Oh, such progress…LOL, ICYMI, TBT,

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      September 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Well Pamela, I have no idea what medical transcriptionists or medical language specialists are, but if they can help with basic literacy, then I am on their side. But then again, yoo shoold of knew that! :)

  • Avatar for Kristina
    August 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Interesting article. So is the typo in the title intentional or a mistake?

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      August 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Very intentional, Kristina. Put it down to satire. But, perhaps I could (of) have included a comma before, who.


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