What a hoot yesteday was. Although only six were able to make it, we had a good time. We talked about life, death, food, writing. We critiqued each other's work and hopefully helped each other make our words stronger.
Are you a member of a writing group? They really can help you with your work. If you're not, take a look around and see if there's one in your area you can join. If there aren't any, check on-line for one. Even virtual critique partners are better than trying to go it alone. They bolster us when we're down, kick us in the pants when we're goofing off, and celebrate our successes with us. It may take you several tries to find one that works for you, but keep trying. A good one is worth the work.
Today's tip: A homonym is two or more words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are difficult for many people to distinguish and cannot be picked up by spell-check because there is nothing wrong with the spelling. It is the usage that many people err on. For instance: there/their/they're - all sound exactly alike.
There is a placement word (see the little word "here" in it?). "Put the box over there."
Their is a posessive pronoun - This is their house.
They're is a contraction for "They are" - They're going to see the show.
Solution? Have someone else read your work to pick out homonyms and other mis-used words.