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More Homophones and What About Failure?

Information: Those Tricky Homophones

A while back I started collecting examples of spelling errors resulting from words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. Words that sound the same are called homophones, and there seems to be an unlimited supply. Here are some new ones.

  • Bare vs. bear: A bear is a large scary animal. We try to bear one another’s burdens or bear the brunt. To bare something is to uncover it.
  • Rite vs. right: A rite is a ceremonial practice.   Right, used as a noun, is “a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral.”
  • Faze vs. phase: To say that someone is not fazed means he or she is not bothered. A phase is “a stage in a process of change or development.”

Believe it or not, I saw all of the above examples in print or online. And these errors were made by people who call themselves writers. Avoid these problems by looking up spellings that you’re not sure about.

Inspiration: What About Failure?

We all want to succeed in our writing. Success usually means getting published. But what if it just doesn’t happen for you. Will you call yourself a failure and give up?

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Readers, share your thoughts by commenting on problems with homophones or your feelings about failure. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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8 Responses to More Homophones and What About Failure?

  1. Diana Derringer January 14, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Love the C. S. Lewis quote.

  2. Emily Akin January 14, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks, Diana. I love C. S. Lewis in general….

  3. Terry Whalin January 14, 2017 at 9:03 am #


    Interesting post. Thank you. Failure is a part of the writing process. As writers we are looking for the right place, the right editor, with the right writing at the right time. Yes, a lot of rights have to line up for that to happen. Writers need to keep searching for the right connection. I have gotten rejected a great deal in my publishing life–yet persistence is key.

    Just look at this article from bestselling novelist James Scott Bell for more inspiration and encouragement: Rejecting Rejection

    The Writing Life

  4. Emily Akin January 14, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Thanks, Terry. Cecil Murphey once told how many times he’d been rejected. The number was astronomical. I’ll post the rejection article on social media and my local writer’s group.

  5. Crickett Keeth January 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    Emily, I have definitely called myself a failure many times, especially after getting those rejection letters. But, I have to remind myself that God knows what’s best for me and it just may not be the right timing. So, I keep plugging along. Thanks for this post. Very helpful and inspirational.

  6. Emily Akin January 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for the feedback, Crickett. You’re right about leaving it in God’s hands. I’ve been amazed by the timing of some of the assignments I’ve received. I would be in a mood to give it all up. Then, an offer for a contract would come in the mail the next day. I think I’m going to write a post called “QUIT Is a Four-letter Word.”

  7. Jeaninne stokes January 15, 2017 at 12:04 am #

    Emily, love the post by Churchill to remind me that failure is never fatal during those times I’ve felt like a failure as a writer.. I plan to post it on my computer screen.

  8. Emily Akin January 16, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for commenting, Jeaninne. It’s hard to keep on when you don’t reach goals even after following the “directions” and doing what you’re supposed to do. But, the people who have succeeded often tell stories of long dry spells where they felt like a failure but persisted.

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