Oh, I see you, letter E, making your big difference between these two words. The question is, does everyone else see you too?
When I stumble upon a writing blog or a Twitter post, where someone is talking about the “heroin” of their novel, I just want to chime in. Not because I’m an editor. No, I’m sure it’s not a typo. I’m sure that wordsmith just feels like writing is such a drug, an addition, something for better or worse you just can’t shake, something that gets into your blood stream and makes you buzz sometimes, makes you giddy and exhilarated, something that makes you hallucinate and hear voices of characters when reality tells you they just aren’t there…
Or maybe it is just a typo. And maybe that writer meant to say “heroine.” With an E. That tricky, tricky letter E that sometimes likes to fall off of words just to drive us mad.
Please remember the difference between your “heroine” and your “heroin.” Actually, no, strike that. I’m really hoping “your heroin” isn’t part of this conversation. Just know the difference. And say no to drugs.
- “Heroine” is the female version of “hero.” Honestly, I’ll argue this word is past its prime and that “hero” fits both genders nowadays; however, knowing the correct spelling has some value.
- “Heroin” is an opioid that’s commonly a recreational drug. It’s known for its euphoric effects.
Ah, so maybe that’s my clue. Writing’s not just those euphoria moments. It’s a prickly passion. Heroin isn’t the right metaphor, I suppose.
But no matter your relationship with words—love them, hate them, or fighting addition to them—at least know who to turn to when times get tough. A heroine can help. I’d argue against the other option.
Happy writing, folks!
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