I said HOMOPHONE; What Are Homophones And Why I Hate Them

I Am A Writer

One day I realized that I was writing all the time.  About all different kinds of  fictional and non-fictional things.  It dawned on me - I am writing.  Therefore I am a writer.

I'm not a paid writer.  But still, I write all the time awake and asleep. I even dream stories.

So, since I've shared my stuff publicly here and other places - (I've given three eulogies.  People.  Writing a eulogy that makes people laugh and fondly remember a loved one is really hard and I've done it for dear loved ones three times, so really, I MUST be a writer!) - And I decided to stop saying and thinking, "I want to be a writer, "  and instead just BE a writer.

I've never said I am a quality writer.  And honestly, some of my "stuff" is better than other of my "stuff."

You are never going to believe this, but I read and re-read everything I post a minimum of three times,  usually five or six times.  The reason I don't post more isn't because I don't have material.

Oh trust me.  I've got material.

It's the editing.  Even after five times of reading through, reading out loud, reading in different formats, I still miss things.  I swear I must miss a lot more than the average person.  If I had dyslexia or something I would tell you, because that would be a good excuse right?  But I don't.  It's just my fingers, brain and eyes do not communicate with each other, in the same way that my mouth doesn't always communicate with my brain.

Today I told my son to, "Put the washer in the laundry, please."

Instead of, "Put the laundry in the washer."

Now I know other people do this, but I do it daily. Repeatedly.

I'm an out of the box thinker-and everything else about me is out of the box too, and spread way all over the floor.

Mixed up with a few legos, broken pretzels, and leftover scraps of paper.

My five senses not syncing as quickly or accurately as they should means that although I can edit and do edit - I really am terrible at self-editing.

And Homophones Are the Bane of My Existence. 

This blog comes with a spelling and typo warning.  

However homophones are the worst offenders. A homophone are words that sound the same but mean very different things.  And the creep through my brain to my fingers all the time.  My brain and eyes are reading the great wisdom and heart flowing through me and pouring onto the page, while my fingers are off doing what ever they darn well please and not paying attention at all.

lose vs loose
 whole vs hole
brake vs break
 weather vs whether 

These words are killing me.

How can I be a good writer when the English language ties me up in knots and won't let go?

Sometimes it's very discouraging.  But, like that time someone heard me singing "I'm walking in Sunshine," and told me with a perfectly serious face, "Don't quit your day job," ...I still sing.

I am a singer.

But nobody pays me for it. 

Here are a couple of links to common Homophones and explanations/definitions. I'm pretty sure you have figured out, if you have visited more than once,  that I'm not a grammar stickler. 



  1. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Good post, Dana, and yep, lots of those homophone words trip up the very best writer, so don't lose heart.

    And when you write, even a blog like this, you are a writer. 'Nuff said. :)

  2. This is why editors get paid the big bucks.

  3. Ps. Youre still a fantastic writer. X


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