Letters to My Editor: When to Ignore the Red Squiggle

July 13, 2015

Welcome back to Letters to My Editor, a series of blog posts hashing out the relationship between an author and editor.  In this case, my editor, Kate Homan, is my pen pal, and you can catch her latest letter to me at her blog, Long Story Short.

Letters to My EditorDear Kate,

Something has come up.

I’ve recently begun a brand, spanking new WIP (work in progress), and I find my concentration constantly rattled by the appearance of the red squiggle.  You know what I mean.  That traitorous red line of squiggly death that oft appears beneath words that you are sure are real words and not ones you just made up to fit your current writing mood.  While I like to think of myself as the 21st century Shakespeare, I admit I am not of such caliber as to make up words.

So riddle me this – when should I ignore the red squiggle?

The red squiggle is undermining my progress in this new WIP, and my daily word counts suffer because of it.  So can I just ignore the red squiggles and move on?  This is only the first draft after all.  At what stage of editing should I begin to fret the mighty beast that is the red squiggle?



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