I’d like to be an editor. For a long time I’ve wanted to be a novelist while also harbouring a desire to wear a suit to work (yeah, women can wear suit, type.. things) and I realised a great way to combine these, is to join the editing world. Besides, I like editing. Read through my posts and you’ll see I have a while to go before I’m close to a great level, but that’s okay because I enjoy learning.
And my own posts help with that.
If I’m scribbling away on a piece of paper, chances are, there’s not many mistakes save for the occasional missing word. Switch me over to a computer however and that’s where the mistakes start to happen. I don’t know why, but as soon as I type (and really get into what I’m writing) I start to make unconscious mistakes. This isn’t unusual, we’re all prone to hitting the wrong key, throwing in unnecessary grammar by accident, or just forgetting whole words, when we’re immersed in typing as fast as possible. Strangely though, my mistakes are always the same when typing at a hundred miles per hour:
Instead of typing ‘also’, I will type ‘always’, and vice versa. There seems to be no escape from this one, as it happens every time.
I absolutely cannot type ‘advice’ without forgetting the ‘c’. My fingers just bounce over it.
Typing words ending in ‘sity’ becomes ‘univeristy’ and ‘diveristy’
Using ‘got’ instead of, well instead of anything that’s actually a good word.
Using inappropriate apostrophes. When I say inappropriate I mean really stupid apostrophes, example: banana’s or beard’s are great.
Spelling ‘similar’ correctly becomes an impossible task.
As does anything with two sets of double letters. Spell them out loud? Sure thing! Type them? Errr… need a couple of tries.
Click enter instead of shift + enter? Sorry, fingers do not understand request.
The word ‘achieve’ has to be typed at least twice. Yep, spelt it wrong in this sentence.
I type adjectives in the wrong tense.
I add in words that muddle the sentence. For example I’ll say something like, “How is my mum get more popular than…” Which was my Facebook status the other week. This happens when I backspace to change the sentence but don’t remove all of the (now) wrong parts.
I think this has something to do with my brain being completely focused on getting the words out now instead of getting them out right. My finger tips take on lives of their own when they come into contact with a keyboard, and I’m often helpless to stop them pressing whatever the hell they want. I’ve backspaced things while thinking ‘no no no what are you doing, stop that!’ but continued to backspace anyway.
The upside to these touch type typos is that my eye is getting sharper at spotting the little nuisances. I pour over my posts twice before clicking publish, and even then make sure to read the published copy over in full. Please, don’t let there be a mistake in this one. The mortification! If you’ve achieved ‘banging hot editor’ level in the real world, you’re allowed to correct whatever you fancy, however I hope you understand why I have overlooked whatever mistake you spot due to my not having reached banging hot editor yet.
Thanks, wordpress. You’re like my online teacher where I don’t know if I’m really learning or not – keep it up.