Right Use of Lose and Loose

One of the more common grammar mistakes is the wrong use of lose and loose. I even see this mistake on sales pages written by supposedly 6-figure copywriters. These glaring mistakes on Web pages can be quickly and easily dismissed with a click of the mouse. But when these mistakes appear on your book, your credibility and readership are at stake. One basic rule in writing a book is making sure you use correct grammar.

Lose and loose are two words that sound the same, but are worlds apart. For starters, lose is a verb, while loose is an adjective.

Lose means:
1. to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery.
2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one’s job; to lose one’s life.
4. to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.
5. to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one’s balance; to lose one’s figure.

Examples: The weaker team will certainly lose the game. Hold your keys tightly or you might lose them.

On the other hand, loose means:
1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
3. uncombined, as a chemical element.
4. not bound together: to wear one’s hair loose.
5. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.

Examples: My dog escaped because his leash was loose. The dress was loose because it was too large.

The adjective for lose is lost. He found his lost dog. The verb for loose is loosen. Relax and loosen your necktie.

Now is the Time

Now, more than ever, is an excellent time to write a book and self publish it, more so if you are a Christian author. There are several reasons why:

1. The world has to know about Jesus Christ and what Christianity is all about. There are too many half truths and lies about Christ, his teachings and his followers.

2. There are many ways to author a Christian book. It doesn’t always have to be expositions of the Bible. It can be a life story or a testimony or even several testimonies. It can be fiction; yes, there is nothing wrong with writing fiction based on Christian thought. It can be a compilation of interviews of Christian leaders, for example, giving their views on certain topics.

3. It’s easy to self publish, which is what my site is all about.

The first things you need to consider before you write a book and self publish are:

1. Your subject matter and who you are reaching out to, i. e. youth, young professionals, singles, etc.

2. Finding a good editor. While you can probably edit your own manuscript, it helps a lot getting third-party eyes to not only edit but critique your work. Correct grammar and spelling go a long way to building up readership.

There are Christian readers out there that are waiting to learn about what you have to say. Go and reach out to them. Start writing!

The time is now.