Don't you just hate it when you're writing is sailing so smoothly, then the mast gets ripped right out of the boat because a word trips you up. You can't for the life of you figure out how to spell it.
First, you use the online dictionary, but the word is either slang that hasn't made it into the dictionary yet, or it's more of a sound, and again, it's not there to be referenced. Or, worse, your spelling is so horrendously off that the dictionary has no clue what to retrieve for help.
Then, if you're like me, you use a life line. My life line is hubby. He enjoys receiving these writerly calls to break up the monotony of his actuarial, math encompassing, work day. In fact, he often encourages me in the morning. "So, Bun, will I receive a call today? You know, for a word or phrase for your story?" He asks with bright eyes curled slightly up in anticipation.
I truly am blessed that he likes to be a part of this writing journey of mine. It shouldn't really surprise me, though. He always had to put a stitch or two in my cross stitch pieces and knitting projects, too, just so he could proudly say "He helped" to whoever the recipient of the project may be.
But, hubby is a busy man during the work day, and often in meetings, so my call goes unanswered immediately, and I'm an impatient writer, so I give up on my word choice, the perfect fit, since I can't spell it, and substitute for something less than perfect. Sigh. Hate it when that happens.
I really wish there was a dictionary for odd words, sounds, etc. You know, the ones that trip me up. (If anyone knows of one, please do share. I'll be ordering it pronto!)
So here's a start to some of the words I've struggled (or still struggling) to master:
Deja Vu -- When the past eerily comes back to you.
Yeah -- Okay, I'm sure this has been used incorrectly in books. This, I believe, is supposed to be used in place of Yes, however, some seem to use it instead of my next word, which really trips me up.
Yay -- An excited cheer.
Cinch -- Why does 'C' sometimes sound like an 'S'?
Berserk -- Somehow I never pronounce the first 'R', and that first 'e' comes out as a soft 'a' to me.
Foyer -- Okay, how do you get 'er' from something that sounds like 'yay'?
I have tons more, but, of course, when I want to make note of them, they evade me like the plague. So, help me out, what words would you include in a TRIP-ME-UP dictionary for writers of limited vocabulary?
Surrendering to Him,