Woo! You’ve written a short story and you’re completely chuffed with it. It’s got everything you wanted to include and more. You’re so excited to submit it but it probably needs a final tidy. Even the most brilliant authors have all of their work edited, so it’s time to look back and make sure there aren’t any errors. To get that nice, smooth finish, make sure your story is technically correct when it comes to these two things:
Trust the squiggles. Unless you’re making up words, the chances are that Microsoft is right when it’s underlining your words in red. Right click on those bad boys and see what Microsoft Word suggests. Usually it will have the correct spelling listed, but if not, you can check a dictionary online to find your word.
Punctuation can change the whole meaning of a sentence. It’s the difference between “we ate, Grandma” and “we ate Grandma.” If you’re not sure if your grammar is okay, the easiest way to find out is to read your work aloud. Read it the way the grammar dictates (pausing for commas and full stops) and you’ll soon see if anything sounds a bit funny. Then it’s as easy as changing what you see! Sorted.
You’ve got your perfect story and now you’ve got your perfectly written story. The only thing left to do is submit it! Get it to Filton LRC or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on Friday the 30th of November.