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How To Write a Story with Good Spelling and Grammar

Hey guys.

It has come to the attention of the Fangathering staff that a lot of users are using improper spelling and grammar. The little mistakes here and there aren’t really a problem, it’s the full-blown ones that bother everyone.

People are not capitalizing, using proper punctuation, and even occasionally using chat speak. Plz d0nt tlk lke ths its anoyeen.

This is not appropriate. People on here are supposed to be writers! English writers should use English, and use it properly. Any person over the age of 6 should be able to use basic grammar. And if you can’t, it isn’t that difficult to run your story through a spelling and grammar checker.

When you’re a writer, who uses language to communicate to people, it is important that you use the language properly. Stories with bad spelling and grammar are difficult to read and sloppy looking.
It doesn’t matter how amazing your writing is, if you have bad spelling and grammar, your story is terrible.

A mistake here and there isn’t a big deal. We are not talking about the occasional (or even frequent) typo. We’re talking about carelessness and laziness.

If you aren’t very good at spelling or grammar, there’s some easy ways to get help.

Microsoft Word is a great investment for authors. It has a very thorough grammar and spell checker. Google Docs is a simple, free way to check how well you are doing with spelling and grammar.

There are plenty of other online spelling and grammar checkers, such as Spellchecker.net or Spell Check Plus.

OpenOffice.org’s WRITER is a free alternative to those who do not want to purchase Microsoft Word. It is almost an exact copy of Word, and best of all, it can of course read all your old Microsoft Word documents, or save your work in Microsoft Word format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products. It’s legal, we promise. And it’s probably your best bet if you don’t have MS Word. 😀

It isn’t that hard to find a beta online, or grammar rules. To help you out we will post up some simple grammar rules that you can refer to.

Until then, proof read it yourself or get someone else to. Any stories that have obviously not been proofread or run through a spell check will be removed until they show a better effort.

Also, please do not post the title of your story in CAPS. It is improper.

To help you out, here’s some words that are commonly misused.



Often Confused Words:



They’re, there and their:

Word: They’re
Explanation: They are
Example: They’re going to the store.

Word: There
Explanation: A Place
Example: She is going over there.

Word: Their
Explanation: A pronoun that shows plural possession
Example: That is their cat.

To, too and two

Word: To
Explanation: A direction
Example: I am going to the pool. I am going to write a story

Word: Too
Explanation: To an excessive degree, as well as.
Example: That couch is too big. I have too much space. I like chocolate too.

Word: Two
Explanation: The number 2.
Example: One plus one equals two. There are two birds sitting on the fence post.

Then and than

Word: Then
Explanation: A description of a specific or unspecific time.
Example: Then we went there. He was president then.

Word: Than
Explanation: A comparison
Example: My house is bigger than yours. I have more money than you.

Your and you’re

Word: Your
Explanation: A pronoun that shows possession.
Example:
I took your car for a ride. Is that your book?

Word: You’re
Explanation: You are
Example: You’re very pretty.

Good and well

Word: Good
Explanation: An adjective
Example: She did a good job.

Word: Well
Explanation: An adverb
Example: She did well.

That and which

Word: That
Explanation: General
Example: That is the colour of the pretty skirt.

Word: Which
Explanation: Specific
Example: The skirt, which is brown, is pretty.

Who’s and whose

Word: Who’s
Explanation: Who is
Example: Who’s there?

Word: Whose
Explanation: A pronoun that shows possession.
Example: Whose coat is this?

Advice and advise

Word: Advice
Explanation: Noun, guidance
Example: He gave me some good advice.

Word: Advise
Explanation: Verb, to give guidance
Example: He advised me.

By, bye, buy

Word: By
Explanation: Near, beside or through
Example: She walked by the church.

Word: Bye
Explanation: A greeting.
Example: “Bye,” he said as he left.

Word: Buy
Explanation: To purchase
Example: I am going to buy a car.

Its and it’s

Word: Its
Explanation: A pronoun that shows possession
Example: The dog was barking. Its collar was too tight.

Word: It’s
Explanation: It is
Example: It’s going to be a long day.

Loose and lose

Word: Loose
Explanation: Something that is ill-fitting
Example: My pants are too loose.

Word: Lose
Explanation: To have lost something
Example: I am going to lose the race.

Here and hear

Word: Here
Explanation: A place
Example: I live here.

Word: Hear
Explanation: To receive sound
Example: Can you hear the music?

Knew and new

Word: Knew
Explanation: To have known
Example: I knew what he meant.

Word: New
Explanation: Something that is recent
Example: I just got a new house.

Site and sight

Word: Site
Explanation: A place
Example: Let’s go to that site.

Word: Sight
Explanation: The ability to see or a verb that means to see
Example: He lost his sight in the car crash. She sighted the dog.

Vein, vane, vain

Word: Vein
Explanation: A tube that carries liquid, usually blood
Example: Veins are filled with red and white blood cells.

Word: Vane
Explanation: An instrument used to show the wind direction.
Example: Check the vane to see the weather.

Word: Vain
Explanation: An adjective describing a person who worries about what others think of them
Example: She stand in the mirror all morning, she’s so vain.

Whether and weather

Word: Whether
Explanation: Conjunction
Example: I don’t know whether to buy chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

Word: Weather
Explanation: To endure or meteorological activity
Example: His face seemed weathered. The weather is terrible today.

Where, were, wear

Word: Where
Explanation: An unknown place
Example: Where are we going?

Word: Were
Explanation: Something that was, past, plural form of to be
Example:
We were there, but now we are here.

Word: Wear
Explanation: To clothe, to grate and use up
Example: He was wearing a cowboy hat. The wind wears at the rock.