Don’t trip and get hurt: Heal vs. heel

Some writers could use a good kick in the you know where for their misuse of heal and heel.

Heal is a verb meaning to recover, especially from an illness or from anguish, as in New York City will need a long time to heal from the tragedy of 9/11.

Heel is the bottom back of the foot, as in the Los Angeles soccer player injured his heel in the playoff game.

Hopefully, writers who mix up these two words will need a little while to get better from being kicked in the you know where.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.