True story. When I was in third grade my teacher Mrs. Gordon asked me what I wanted to be. I told her I wanted to write stories but I couldn’t do that because I wasn’t very good at spelling. She gave me the best piece of advice I had received to that point and for a long time after. She told me it didn’t matter. She named a few authors who were terrible at spelling. I want to say she said that was what spell check was for but I’m not 100% sure there even was a spell check yet. I do know I said it more than once when retelling the story.
Spell check may not catch everything and every now and again it tries to make me use the wrong their, there, or they’re but really it can get you to the point where people can understand your story. If you are a perfectionist, run spell check, print it and read it out loud (this helps with grammar sometimes. you can hear the problem where you may have missed it if you were reading to yourself) and then hire a copyeditor before you send it to your agent. Or before you query if that is where you are in the process. I cannot wait to query. Honestly I will probably not do the copy editing thing. I will have my mom and Sara read it and anything they don’t catch will end up going through till we hit the editing stage after finding an agent.
I’m not the best with grammar either. Though with Sara constantly correcting me I have learned a few things. 🙂
I guess the real tip of the day is simple. If you love to write, or even just enjoy it. Do it. It might not be your only job or you may even consider it a hobby but don’t think you can’t make it just because of spelling and grammar. A good story is a lot more than that.