Why do I miss out on words when I write?

Your brain is much faster than your hands. Your tongue is also faster than your hands, that’s why you’ll never have this happen when you speak, only when you write. So, it’s easy for your hands to skip a word sometimes.

You shouldn’t worry too much about this as it is perfectly normal. You are playing catch-up with your thoughts, so you are going to miss some of the words it’s dishing out for your writing.

As a content writer, it must be frustrating missing out words, but you have no control over your brain which tends to interpret the next word you are to write just like the autocorrect on your phone or even in your Gmail that predicts the next word.  

Missing out words is not only in writing only but also in reading.  Have you ever noticed yourself reading a sentence and realize later that you missed a word while reading but the sentence still make sense? That is also related to how fast your brain digests words and interprets them to you.

Have you also noticed that when typing too fast and you tend to hit two letters at almost the same time? I have realized that other than re-reading after typing to identify the missed words, you can also slow down your thinking speed, and slow down your typing speed. This doesn’t work for me though, as it slow down my work as a whole.

Remember missing out words is different from omitting words at the end of a sentence, which is called an ellipsis. Though using an ellipsis at the end of a sentence you must place a period after it. It is also when one leaves out words they would normally expect to use in a sentence if they are following the grammatical rules.

Patricia Kahill

Patricia Kahill is a multipotentialite Christian entrepreneur, Content Marketing Coach and founder of the Content Marketing agency, Kahill Insights that helps business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms with a focus on returning a desired outcome. Patricia was the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk a show on House of Talent online TV, a former fellow at Harvest Institute for leadership and now an assessor there, and an alumnus of the YELP class of 2017. A member of the BNI Integrity chapter and African Women Entrepreneur Cooperative. She is driven by passion and curiosity, been taking every opportunity that has been given to her with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.

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