Being able to spell well may not be critical for a person to be a writer, but it is crucial if an individual expects to be a successful writer. There are reasons those mean elementary teachers marked your misspelled words wrong on the Friday morning spelling tests. They were spelled wrong! There were reasons those high school English teachers, who you may have felt just did not like you, took points off when you turned your assignments in with words incorrectly spelled. They expected you to graduate from high school knowing how to spell.
If a person submits a book proposal to a publisher full of misspelled words, will the book get published? If a writer submits a film script with words not spelled correctly throughout, will that writer be making an acceptance speech at the next Academy Awards? If an article is submitted to a magazine and words are spelled wrong, will that article appear in the next issue of that magazine? If a writer attempts to publish to a website, will the article be purchased or even accepted by the website if submitted with words not correctly spelled? The answer to all of these questions, of course, is a resounding, “No!”
To be a successful writer, there is much more that is important other than creative thinking. A writer must have the desire, motivation and the passion to write. Having the desire, motivation and passion to spell properly must also be a part of the dream to be a successful writer.
What if you just never could get a perfect score on that Friday spelling test without the cheat sheet or copying off Johnny’s paper? What if your older sibling, friend or parent did most of the work on those high school essays and term papers? What if you just can not spell some of those “trick” words, but really do want to write?
There are plenty of websites that can tutor adults in spelling. Even if you graduated high school or college, and you are having problems with spelling or spelling rules, do not feel ashamed to visit a website that is geared towards helping adults prepare for a high school equivalency diploma, or even a site geared towards high school students. Taking the initiative to spell better will take you much further than submissions as a writer that keep getting rejected will take you.
You must practice your spelling and keep practicing until you get it right. Do not just rely on “spell check.” Thank goodness for spell check, but it does not give us the spelling skills needed to be a successful writer.
To be able to spell better will give you more confidence, like anything else you improve upon or successfully master. More confidence will lead to greater development of your writing talent, which will lead to a greater passion for writing. Therefore, being a good speller really is critical to becoming a successful writer.