In my “cleaning up our manuscripts” posts, I’ve written about dangling participles, similes, body parts that move on their own, filler/tic words, Adverbs, Point of View (POV), consistency . . . I’ve written about “picturing” the scene, or paying attention to what the scene is conveying to the audience. I’ve written to you about AHA moments in understanding. I’ve written about Convincing Your Audience and if you Convince Your Audience you have done your job, Period. I’ve written about breaking the rules, and perhaps how knowing the basic rules can help you to understand the process of writing and cleaning up your manuscript, even if you decide to break the rules.
Today is the simple little:
Do a “find” or “search” of your manuscript for it’s and/or its — you may be surprised at how many times they are interchanged even when you know the proper use of its/it’s.
Yup, I find danged ole incorrect uses in my work, even though I know how to use it’s/its. I do it in my blog posts, in my manuscripts, in my emails. I will think I have all of my it’s and its correct, and lo and be-hold and be-danged, I’ll still find it’s where its is supposed to be . . . gol’ durnit all!
As I have written, it takes time to do these searches through your manuscript, but to me its –haha!—it’s worth the time to have a beautiful clean spiffy sparkling work you will be proud to send out yonder and beyond.
Not much more to say on it’s and its, is there? Tomorrow I will have another topic on “cleaning up your manuscript…” I hope these help you in some way.