As if I would…

I have an editor. I have to, what with my dyslexia and all, but I have noticed that certain mistakes are cropping up more often than I’d like.

One that really annoys me is ‘like’.

Not that I don’t use it right, but in the sentence ‘as if’ would be much better. I’m fuzzy on why you use one rather than the other but once the sentence is corrected it just reads better.

I have noticed that we are in December (the Christmas lights gave it away) and that means New Year is around the corner. So my first New Year resolution:

To use as if instead of like…

Sounds simple but it will mean some self-editing. I’m determined that I can become a better writer despite being dyslexic.

It’s as if I were a chef but I keep trying to cut a piece of steak with a butter knife when I need the sharp butcher’s knife. That is what if feels like with words. I am using a butter knife instead of a butcher’s knife. If I can remember to pick up the butcher’s knife first then I will have got better at my craft.

And writing is definitely a craft.

So I will learn the difference between ‘as if’ and ‘like’ and use them appropriately. I’m sick and tired of always seeing butter knives in my writing.

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6 thoughts on “As if I would…

    1. Hi, Paul. If you’re interested, I work with writers on several levels: content editing, line editing and various other task based assignments. For instance, one writer needed a graph of all the characters in her six book series, when they showed up, their relationship to each other, characteristics, etc. I would love to see if we could work together. Typically that would mean you sending me five pages or so and I would edit them and send them back. This would give me an idea of what I would charge based on what I was working with, and you would be able to see if you liked my work. Let me know if you’re interested. Pat

  1. In the back of a very old dictionary the quote “Words are the dress of thoughts, which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt, than your person should” Earl of Chesterfield.

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