Spelling Rules!

We’ve gotten a bit lazy when it comes to learning how to spell words. And why wouldn’t we? We’ve got spell checkers to do the job for us.


Your spell checker can’t determine whether you want two, to, too, or they’re, there, their. You need a set of human eyes to determine such things.

I know, I know. Spelling is boring. But it’s a primary tool writers use to express themselves so their readers can understand what’s written. If you misspell colander and calendar, your message changes. Or if you get imminent and eminent mixed up, you’re writing about a different problem.

Of course, some words just trip us up individually. I always want to put a second s in occasion, for example.

Figure out which words give you the most trouble from a spelling perspective, then create an alphatbetical list of those words and keep the list handy when you write. You’ll spend less time looking up words and more time writing!


2 Responses to “Spelling Rules!”

  1. 1 lawrenceez May 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    So true. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 Mark Pennington July 31, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I used to write my troublesome words on the dictionary cover. I have a nice list of the spelling rules with examples and MP3s of spelling rule songs and raps to check out at Spelling Rules Songs and Raps.

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