If you don’t know what’s wrong with this picture (or rather, T-shirt) and you intend to write
—a literary masterpiece or a letter to Grandma—you need an editor.
According to research, as long as the first and last letters of a word are correct, the “hmuan mnid” can still read the word. But what if the words have numbers instead of some of the letters?
7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.
It’s not brain surgery. It’s not rocket science. But the results of not proofreading – or even “spell-checking” can be just as devastating. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of … at the University of Texas learned the hard way. Read the sordid details.
If you’ll be in the Bend/Redmond, Oregon neighborhood next month, I’m giving a workshop on writing for the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild and invite you to attend! To learn more about the workshop or COWG, click here:
The three-hour workshop will include hands-on activities designed to incorporate the tips and techniques introduced. Participants are encouraged to bring five copies of their own “first two pages” for review and recommendations, and of course, their own red pens!
Grammar, punctuation, and spelling aside, I wouldn’t dare use a red pen here! (Thanks to my literary lady friends who passed this along…)