STOP MAKING MY EYE TWITCH!!!!!!
Common Errors in Fan Fiction
I read A LOT. My current record is 16 books in 14 days and we aren’t talking picture books. So this means I am pretty sure about what good and correct writing is. Do I make mistakes when writing? Of course, I’m not perfect. (But pretty darn close). When reading fanfiction, there are A LOT of errors that drive me nuts and I’m not talking about incorrect use of there, their and they’re. (If you don’t know the difference, please go find a dictionary). Below are some common errors that I come across all too frequently and they drive me INSANE! Please read and if I can help just one person learn something new today, well, I’ll be happier than a towel draped around Skarsies hips. (Actually, I don’t think anyone could be that happy but you get the idea.
NOTE: I will most likely add to this over time as I think of things or come across them.
- Insure vs ensure. One means to make sure if you break it, it can get fixed. The other means you are making sure something happens. Eg. I like to ensure that my car is insured. Think of it this way, if you can say ‘make sure’ then it’s probably ‘ensure’.
- Aisle vs isle. One is a grocery aisle. The other is island.
- Lucked out: this DOES NOT mean they had good luck. This actually means they are out of luck. It’s lucked in or just say lucky. (Note: Maybe this is just annoying to those of us still on the British side of language. Kind of like how thong means something different….and fanny as well………..)
- Could care less: it’s COULDN’T care less. It means that you care so little for this situation that it is unlikely you could care less. If you write you could care less, it means you must still care……….
- Starting a paragraph/sentence with a numeral : 38 days later makes me want to stab you with a pencil. Thirty-eight days later looks pretty and I want to pop a bow on it.
- Loose vs lose: one means it’s too big. One means you can’t find and it is lost.
- Clothes vs Close: one is things you wear. The other means to shut something
- Literally vs metaphorically: “She literally glared daggers at him.” Did she? Daggers threw themselves from her eyes and imbedded themselves in him? You mean metaphorically. Literally means it actually happened. “I literally fell down the stairs I was so drunk and broke the heel on my shoe.”
- Stationery vs Stationary: One means pens and paper and stuff. The other one means not moving or stopped, like in a car. Think of it this way: stationery = paper. Stationary = car
- Lied vs Laid / Lay. “I lied down on the bed”. Really? You were down on the bed and you told an untruth? No, you ‘lay’ down or he laid her down. Say lied again and I will flood reviews with, “What? What fib did she say? What fib!!! She apparently told a fib. You said so! She was on the bed and she apparently fibbed!!!!!.”
- For all intensive purposes. Sigh. It’s, ‘for all intents and purposes’. Unless you are actually referring to intensive care one receives when injured, it’s intents meaning to do something on purpose, with intent.
- Poor neglected semi-colon. He’s so lonely and tired of being used simply in a winky smiley…….
- Awww vs ahh vs agggh: Awww is when something is adorable, “Awww. itty bitty feet!”, “Awww, he bought me flowers”. Ah is a realisation: “Ah, that’s how he did it.” “Ah, you are awake”. Agh is a scream: “Agggghhhh. Don’t scare me like that!”