I've always been fairly decent at spelling. There are times when my old brain has a major malfunction and I can't find the word I want. Actually, that happens more and more often as time goes by. And there was that time when the word 'piqued' totally sailed off to another world. I couldn't even look it up in the dictionary because I was in a hurry, and I couldn't get past the 'p'. The thought of doing a homonym search never even came into play, either. It was simply gone.
But the errors I made in my manuscript galley were worse, at least in my mind, than forgetting a correct spelling. I used a particular word sixteen times throughout the length of the book, and failed to consistently spell it correctly. I got it right about a third of the time. The worst part of it is that I never had a doubt as to the proper spelling. I just neglected to do it.
To make matters even worse than they already were, I didn't even catch this error the first time through. It wasn't until I thought I had everything in order that I discovered this mistake that should have been obvious from across the room.
How about you? Are there particular words that give you trouble? That make you pause every time you start to type them? I'd love to hear about it. Or do you have any little tricks when you are editing that improve your chances of catching words that may be spelled correctly, but that you've used in the wrong context, like piqued or peaked? Sheesh, I still can't get over that one.
Have a great day, everyone. I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do today.