Someone unsubscribed from my mailing list today and their reason was:
You can’t spell and it offends me.
Someone unsubscribing isn’t a big deal, but I do try to make sure everything is spelled correctly. For most posts, I write it and then have my assistant proof it just to make sure I didn’t make any glaring mistakes. The “asides” that I post (one paragraph without any pictures) usually don’t get proofed.
I think I found the offensive word that caused this person to unsubscribe. I had used the word “there” instead of “their”. I catch myself doing this on a regular basis–substituting words that sound the same. I know which word to use, but somehow my brain writes the sound instead of the way the word is spelled.
It isn’t a matter of not knowing what word to use. Instead it seems to be related to the way I “listen” to my voice in my head and then type what I’m hearing. I find it fascinating because there is something odd going on here. It is almost as if I’m getting into a groove and the writing process is skipping over some stage that is normally supposed to do the processing and choose the right word. My brain is grabbing the first word it finds that makes the same sound and going on.
The solution is of course to slow down, but I wondered if anyone else runs into this type of thing when writing?