How to litter your manuscript with typos (in 9 easy steps!)

Yes, this is based on a recent personal experience. Want the details? Keep reading!

How to litter your manuscript with typos

  1. Create a character with a short name that could easily be found in many longer words — i.e., “Kat”
  2. Write 40,000 words of a story
  3. Realize that you prefer an alternate spelling — i.e., “Cat”
  4. Do a “Search All” and “Replace All” to change the spelling — i.e., “Kat” > “Cat”
  5. Write another 10,000 words
  6. Realize you prefer the first spelling
  7. Do a “Search All” and “Replace All” to change the spelling back — i.e., “Cat” > “Kat”
  8. Casually reread the story and realize you’ve created 218 typos — i.e., “sKatter”, “reloKated”, unsKathed”, “mediKations”
  9. Success!

This definitely just happened to me, and I spent twenty minutes using Ctrl+F to find all my ridiculously spelled words and fix them. Honestly not a big deal, but still a very silly thing I could have avoided. Ahh, the joys of NaNoWriMo!


Unrelated media of the day:

This is a fun little song where a YouTuber got his followers to send in clips of them playing musical instruments, and then put all the clips together into a surprisingly catchy tune.

Categories: Writing | Tags: , , , | 39 Comments

Post navigation

39 thoughts on “How to litter your manuscript with typos (in 9 easy steps!)

  1. Been there. It’s why I put spaces or punctuation in there.

  2. metallicwolff

    Reblogged this on MetallicWolff and commented:
    I can usually come up with typo options on my own, but this is good too. πŸ™‚

    • The beauty of typos is they don’t confine themselves to one specific situation. They’re very open and fluid in that regard, always ready to step in and lend a hand.

  3. Oh, dear, you made me laugh. Thank you. It’s especially important to laugh today, with all the horror happening in France.

    • I’m glad! And I can’t believe what happened. I mean, I can, but I still can’t, you know? The worst part is there’s no real solution to stopping this sort of thing from happening again.

  4. Oh, you poor thing! If it’s any consolation, it’s happened to all of us.

    No, no idea why that might console you.

    No, I didn’t mean to imply you’re a sadist. I was just… will you please let me finish? Fine, be like that. Post Comment.

  5. Spelling is a just social justice warriors trying to impose their views on right thinking people anyway!

    … wait a moment, I do believe I might be in the wrong discussion.

  6. Reblogged this on A.D.Trosper.

  7. Yep. My MC originally had a different first name too. I am very familiar with this technique.

    • Hehehe. Usually it isn’t a problem, because I give my characters longer names that don’t show up inside other words. But for this book everyone has really short names (on purpose) and I’m just now starting to see the problem with it.

  8. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Something you’ve ALWAYS wanted to know I’ll bet πŸ˜ƒ

  9. Been there, done that… made for interesting proof reading for once πŸ˜‰

  10. Reblogged this on LMC and commented:
    I love this! πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for the reminder and a good laugh. πŸ™‚

    Been there, searched that. It’s the reason I started using the “whole words only” or “exact spelling” feature. Do I always remember to do that? Of course not. It’s one of the many reasons that I’m good friends with the “undo” feature of Word.

    Having written 47,000 words for NaNoWriMo, I understand entirely why we forget everything but our names as are heads are buried in our stories. I think my name is “hey you,” but I’m not even sure about that anymore. πŸ™‚

  12. Even whole words, including punctuation, and all the other things don’t protect completely.

    As the poor author who published a book containing characters discussing Michaelangelo’s Chris will attest.

    • Hey now, Chris was a stand-up dude. Champion of the people and whatnot. His singing voice was to die for. Literally. Thousands perished. It was gruesome.

  13. Loved this!

  14. Oh my gosh. The post was funny, but the comments had me laughing hysterically. You have a very fun group of people following you, Michelle. πŸ™‚

  15. Congratulations, mission accomplished. LOL – I’ve been there. *grin* What I just found out I love about it, is reading your post and realizing I’m not the only one. Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€

    • I think it’s something that everyone’s done at least once, lol. Heck, I’ve probably done it more than once. You’d think at some point I’d learn from my mistakes … πŸ˜€

  16. Pingback: How to litter your manuscript with typos (in 9 easyΒ steps!) | Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite!

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: