Thursday, January 27, 2011

Need help spelling?

I’m taking Ann’s Writing Essentials class and experienced an awakening when we completed the chapter on spelling. I’ve always thought of myself as a decent speller. Did well in school and the red squiggly line doesn’t appear that much when I’m pounding away at the computer. But the exercises during and at the end of the spelling lesson made me realize how much I needed this class, especially now that I'm editing my WIP.

Along with lots of rules, guidelines and helpful ways to remember how to spell the most troublesome words, she recommended one idea that I have already started to use: a TIP CARD. I jotted down the words I have trouble spelling on a 4 x 6 note card, have it sitting on my desk, and will continue to add to it. It’s easier than picking up my 5 pound dictionary every time I have a spelling question. Yes, I have spell checker, but it sometimes leads me astray, like it did with this guy.

Eye Halve a Spelling Chequer

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my pea sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when I rime.

Sauce unknown


  1. I'm glad you're enjoying your class. Lately, I've been wondering about the spelling of words that never gave me a problem in the past. Good grief! It makes me crazy.

    I Have A Spelling Chequer is too funny.

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  3. I have 20 words on my spelling Tip Sheet right now - and I'm sure I'll add more. This class is great! It's not as personal as BWW, but there is TONS of info. I've already been using info from the first two lessons in my rewrite. PS - I didn't write that poem - I found it on the internet.

  4. I gotta take that class on day when time frees up. The poem is great, I know I've been bit by that bug once or twice.