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Typos, the bane of a writer’s life by Doris O’Connor (@mamaD8) #WritersProblems

Hello, lovely peeps, and welcome back to another instalment of my Tuesday Ramblings on here. As the title says I’m talking Typos today.



Those of you who follow me on Social Media will be used to me going back and editing my posts by now, especially on FB. Just don’t check the edit history, because, hells bells, some days I have to go back several times.


My good friend and fellow dirty birdie Raven McAllan has Fibro and refers to her fingers as Raven fingers. She has days where even I struggle to decipher what she’s trying to say, but at least she has a good excuse.

What’s mine, I wonder, other than coming out in sympathy, and my brain not keeping up with my flying fingers that is. It was an error I made when putting up her post on my blog in honor of her newest release, The Rock Star’s Wife, that inspired this blog post.

I meant to put the title as

Singing for your supper.

What I put instead was.

Signing for your supper.


The first I knew of this was, when my twitter notifications came in. I’m part of Triberr, and thus my blog posts get retweeted a lot. By the time I got on my computer to fix the title, I had an e-mail from Raven, giggling at my Doris Fingers, and of course the perma link still went out as Signing…


Oh well, it caused some amusement, at least, but, really… I checked that countless times before I posted it, as well, but you know what they say you’re blind to your own mistakes.

Never is that truer than when I’m in the moment, so to speak. In part I blame it on my over active muse and the fact that I’m always trying to do ten things at once. Especially when I’m on social media. You see, I need peace and quiet to write, so my social media interaction takes place when the kids are around, and in the evenings, with the telly on etc, as the time they aren’t with me is taken up by writing.

Mind you, that doesn’t mean my first drafts aren’t littered with typos galore. Trust me they are and many of them make it into my Typo of the Day status updates.

Hubby, who reads all my first draft material, regularly bursts out laughing, when he’s reading that day’s writing efforts.

Missing words are a firm favourite, or putting down a completely different word to the one I intended, and don’t ask me how many times my characters undergo a sex change. He becomes she and vice versa. It’s amusing for sure, and while my stories will have seen several pair of eyes, before I submit them to my publisher,  mine, hubby’s, mine, Raven’s, and mine again, as I go over her critique points, things still slip in.

I often cringe when I get my story back and read the editor’s comments, namely the ones along the lines of….what are you trying to say here, or did you mean to use this word etc.

*headdesk again*

Thank goodness for editors, that’s all I can say, and still, things get missed, and my head hits that desk again, when I find a typo in my published works with a muttered, “How the heck did we all miss that?”

I don’t know what the answer is to that old problem, other than to go through my final approval copy with  a very fine tooth comb, and to read it on different media, as somehow that throws up the errors more.

Which brings me to my question for you all. How do you as readers feel about typos? Personally I overlook them if the story pulls me in, but, if there are lots of them, and the story is so so, it can mean that I won’t finish reading that story.

How about you? Do they pull you out of a story, or does it not bother you too much. And likewise, I’ve heard it say that it can put readers off when they see Status updates littered with Typos, hence I always go back to edit them, when I notice them.

I like to think my readers chuckle along with me, when I do a booboo like that, but who knows? Maybe you’re just rolling your eyes at my complete inability to control my fingers?


Answers on a postcard please.

Do stay naughty, folks,

D x