Has your character ever wandered through the woods, wondering about what tomorrow will bring? Or let their thoughts wander off about the wonder that is this world?
Yes, it's confusing.
No, you're not the only one who gets it wrong from time to time. That's why we're here with today's editing tip.
Wandering is like WAlking. It's an Action word. So it's W-A.
Wonder is like saying "WOw!" or "Ohhh" as you think about something. So it's W-O.
(I don't know about the rest of you, but I use a lot of mnemonic devices to remember things like this. And I mean a LOT.)
So you use wander if your character or their thoughts are taking an indirect path.
You use wonder if your character is thinking about something, or is awestruck (i.e. wonderful!).
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