Another stop on the blog chain with the fun folks at Absolute Write. This month is brought to you by the number seven.
I cnduo't bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg.
Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at
Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a
wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be
in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed
it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey
ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I
awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs
Every time I see that I wonder why I have to work so hard to make my manuscript free from errors before I submit it. I mean, it's clear that spelling doesn't really matter. It's the ideas that count. Can't the editors just cut me some slack?
It also proves why it's so hard to edit your own work. If your brain knows what you're trying to say it will automatically correct most simple mistakes. It goes beyond just spelling as well - if we know the thought behind the sentence our brains will make up for missing or incorrect words. We read the idea and not the details.
What I like about this is that it shows the power of the mind and the importance of ideas. So as a writer, I want to make sure my ideas are good, that my readers can pick them up and follow them. After all, isn't that what we're trying to do with communication: transmit ideas. Words are just tools (but tools to be used with craft and care).
Though I will still leave my spell-checker on for the sake of those who find that upper paragraph a complete mess.
Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 - http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month's post)
Ralph Pines - http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
bmadsen - http://hospitaloflife.wordpress.com (link to this month's post)
writingismypassion - http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
pyrosama - http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
areteus - http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
randi.lee - http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
wonderactivist - http://luciesmoker.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
BigWords - http://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
meowzbark - http://erlessard.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
SuzanneSeese - http://www.viewofsue.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
AFord - http://writeword.blog.com/ (link to this month's post)
Kricket - http://kricketwrites.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)