Friday, 1 August 2014

the perils of 'find and replace' - changing names

'James Sallys Chloe' isn't a phrase I expected to read in my manuscript.

Stumped for a moment, I realised the problem happened when I did a 'find and replace' name change.  My main female character  Emily has a younger sister who was called Carrie up until recently when I renamed her - you guessed it - Sally.  I didn't even think about the word 'carries' being affected and if I had, I would have thought it would be okay.  It was, essentially, 'carrie' with an 's' on the end of it - a variation of the actual word I was looking for.  As the saying goes, never assume anything or...

And needless to say, I now have to do another find and replace regarding all occurrences of 'Sallys'!

Has this ever happened to you?
What glaring mistake may you have missed in your work?
Does this equate to the time I signed a hand-written business fax*, 'lots of love' rather than 'cheers' out of sheer habit from letter-writing?

* obviously quite some time ago - and probably when faxes were quite new!


  1. I said 'I love you' to the bus driver once as I was saying goodbye. He was very understanding.

  2. YES this has happened to me - much to my frustration!! The key is to use spaces - (space) sally (space)

    Yikes, this has given me som bad memories, haha.

    I also once called my father-in-law "darling" - he was chuffed xxx

    1. Great tip thanks Isabelle - I hadn't thought of that!

      Funny to hear about your FIL!!

  3. Hi Lucy, me again. Just thought I'd let you know I've nominated you for a Liebster :-)
    Details on my latest post...

    1. Thank you, that's lovely Isabelle! I've done the post today - not quite as detailed as yours though!!