Sometimes it's a deluge of typos, other times it's a trickle. Photo by Kate Ota 2020
While I love my editing software, ProWritingAid, nothing is perfect. Despite running six chapters through it and getting them as perfect as possible, when I had people read it, they still noticed problems. Some the editing software absolutely should have caught, but others are harder for an AI to notice. Let this be a reminder that human critique partners are better than any software ever will be. And remember to forgive yourself (or other authors) when typos make it into the final product. Nobody’s perfect—human nor robot.
And now, please chuckle at some silly typos
It missed things that shouldn’t have been there:
John circled the around
It missed things that should have been there:
They need to hire someone
Yes, that works
And it missed harder to spot problems:
The word branch three times in two sentences (and yes, usually ProWritingAid points this out, so I was very surprised. Perhaps this was user error.)
A scene dragged on too long.
An entire paragraph of info dump that I’d already slimmed down and convinced myself was fine. Critique partners don’t let you lie to yourself.
What goofy typos have you or your software missed? Anything tricky that frequently sneaks past you?