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Spell check

Spelling and grammar do matter, Jane Wenham Jones advises a reader, but not nearly as much as being able to tell a story


After years of dreaming about it, and creating worlds in my head, I have finally joined a writing group and begun a novel. I am loving the process and so far the feedback has been really good – others in my group say I am a natural storyteller and that they are looking forward to the next chapter each week. But it has also been pointed out that my spelling, grammar and punctuation are appalling! I did not have a great education and it is true that I know little about the rules of grammar – when somebody mentioned gerunds and infinitives he may as well have been speaking a foreign language. I rely heavily on spellchecker, frequently don’t know where to put the speech marks or apostrophes and I can feel some of my sentences are clumsy but I don’t know how to put them right. Will this prevent me – as was suggested – ever getting published?

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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