Today, rather than discuss a grammar error, I want to discuss a discipline error. "What?" you say! "You want to address my personal discipline?" Well, yes. A writer needs discipline and the first discipline he needs is to keep his dictionary handy. The second discipline is for him to USE it! I know, we have spell check to use these days, but I want to encourage you to also use a dictionary. You can use the old fashioned kind in book form or there are some very good online sites that will add the dictionary to your homepage, like iGoogle. You might even opt for the Merriam-Webster site which has free resources.
Often, when I am writing, I stop and ask my husband, "How do you spell . . . . ?" He tells me his thoughts as I reach for the dictionary. We confer on the word, arrive at a spelling and I go on with my writing. It seems, sometimes that I spend a lot of time looking up suitable words to use. But, this is a good discipline. It helps me with my spelling, enlarges my vocabulary, and enhances my writing. I learn something new every time I open the book. If we use only the spell check, we are not challenging ourselves to use new words, that we can't spell, or explore new possibilities in our writing. Just sayin'.