Notes on Writing and Reading


October 1, 2013


As I prepared to send the manuscript for Emily Hargraves to the publisher, I did one final read-through, and found a typo that neither I nor Spell-check had caught.

Mildred Whytecliff is a minor but important character in the story, a 76-year old nosy neighbor who has lived next door to the Hargraves most of her life. She is introduced to the reader at the beginning of Chapter 7:

“Mildred Whytecliff was peering out her kitchen window.”

Except I had left out the “r” in “peering”—which would have given Mildred’s character a whole new slant that I never intended.