The first letter out of the way without any mishaps, I could continue on.
Writing is slow work with constant reference to thetikkun (copyist’s guide) and the need to ensure that your concentration is as sharp as your quill. Nonetheless, the pitfalls for the sofer are many:
Dittographic errors, made by writing the same letter or word twice;
Haplographic errors, made by omitting one or two identical letters or words that rightfully follow each other;
Homoioletic errors, made by omitting a few words or lines because they appear further on in the passages. The scribe’s eye picks up on the repeated words and, as a result, fails to include the words in between; and finally,