Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing | Pelican Book Group Official Blog

discussed in previous posts, a self-editing checklist is often a helpful tool
for authors. Today, I’d like to share some words that are often confused, and
adding these to your checklist will save you time when self-editing:

Acute/chronic: A good way to
remember the difference in these words is to think of pain. A chronic pain is
unyielding. Acute pain is at its most painful or critical point.

Affluent/effluent: Both words deal
with the flow of water. Affluent water flows into; effluent water flows out. Also
affluent can deal with an overflowing of riches, etc.

All right/alright: Although increasing
in usage, the experts agree. It is never all right to use “alright.”

Calendar/calender: The first is
a chart showing the days of the week, month, and year. The second is a machine
that is used to glaze of smooth paper or cloth.

Chord/cord: Chord has to do with
music; cord is a rope or something that connects (tangible or intangible).

Desert/desert/deserts/dessert: Desert
(noun) is a dry wasteland; desert (verb) is to abandon; deserts (noun): a just
reward or punishment, such as “She received her just deserts.” A dessert is the
sweet dish served as the last course of a meal, or a sweet treat.

Faithful/fateful: Faithful is
loyal and dependable; fateful is an event or outcome controlled by fate.

Hanged/hung: One of my
favorites: People are hanged and objects are hung. Easy enough.

Hoard/horde: A hoard is a stash
or hiding place; a horde is a crowd of people.

Mantel/mantle: These words are
confused by many writers. A mantel is the shelf or ledge over a fireplace while
a mantle is a cloak or a cover.

time to time, I’ll bring more information to add to your personal checklists.

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