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When is a splatter a spatter? The questions asked before a book goes to print!

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Louise Phillips



Lots of work goes into writing a novel. In fact, it would be terrifying to actually add up all the hours!! However, it never ceases to surprise me how small things take up so much time. This often happens hours or days before you go to print. In THE DOLL’S HOUSE, there was endless debate as to whether the apostrophe should be included, after all, it wasn’t just one doll’s house, it was numerous, but in the end, it was felt that leaving it out would look strange. I balanced out the thinking by the fact that it was the central protagonist’s doll’s house, and at one point she did become a doll, at least under her memory recall.

In RED RIBBONS there were a couple of similar questions, but this time, the world of questions revolved around when is a splatter a spatter??

I think I can clarify this on this point.

To spatter is to scatter or dash (a liquid) in small drops. The small drops are key. For example, a light rain might spatter the roof.

Splatter, which was a word that grammatically came later and was probably formed by blending splash and spatter, has a similar meaning, but it doesn’t necessarily involve small drops. A splatter of liquid might be large and messy. For example, paint from an upturned bucket might splatter on the floor. Think of spatter as a synonym of sprinkle or spit, and splatter as closer to splash.

It all sounds very reasonable now, but this folks, is the kind of head battles that go on in the world of publishing a novel!! Still life might be boring otherwise!!!

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