13. NEVER trust your spell checker.
This tip may seem misleading, but it is definitely in line with Tip #11 and #12. Spell Check in Microsoft Word is not a full-proof way to edit your work despite popular belief. The spell-check part is okay, but the grammar part is terrible. Word has no idea in what context you are trying to convey something especially in Urban Fiction, and it will often tell you that you have an incorrect sentence structure when it is fine. If possible, self-edit your papers line by line for grammar and mechanics. It takes a while, but it is time well spent, and this is why it’s so important to invest in your craft by taking writing courses or reading up on grammar and syntax. If you don’t know what to look for, it is very easy to overlook mistakes. Yes, your editor will be able to assist you in this area, but as I’ve said before, as a writer, it is YOUR responsibility to make your manuscript is as clean as possible, and that takes work! But remember, having this knowledge can only help you to become a better writer.