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Dec. 1 question: In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?
After many drafts and hiring a professional editor, those darn typos stress me to the max. And when I use precious time writing 10k - 30k on a story and then decide it's not working and scrap the entire thing. Ack! Also, when I feel the need to rework scenes to the point of exhaustion. There is a moment when I have to say enough is enough.
Delightful, is constructing a decent plot. Or when a smile has its way on my face while I'm rereading certain passages that I really like. And then I say to myself, "I wrote that!"
That is frustrating to put so much effort into something only to have it not work.ReplyDelete
It's hard to scrap a project after writing so much of it. I have a completed manuscript in my drawer. I hope I could pick it up again sometime down the road.ReplyDelete
Absolutely! The time and work involved, only to realize it's not working. It hurts! I also have a ms tucked away. I went back to it once and thought it wasn't fixable.Delete
Aren't typos embarrassing? They humble me again and again. I'm always so sure I've corrected each one, but no such luck! Good thing we have editors.ReplyDelete
Yes, they do humble us!Delete
Typos are in every book. I remember getting the final copy of one of mine and opening it up to a typo. Darn it!ReplyDelete
True. I've read them in NYT best sellers too!Delete
I love your quotes. Also sometimes it helps me to just put the manuscript aside for a month or two and work on something else.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe crossover into 2022.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
Putting a ms aside is a great idea. Merry Christmas Pat.Delete
I got tired of the typos and mind freezes and hired a professional, too. Now, I never worry about that. Instead, I worry about plot, characters, marketing... Sigh.ReplyDelete
My typos went right by my professional editor...Delete
Typos are a terrible kind of tenacious. I don't like them either.ReplyDelete
Reading the good parts (and being surprised by them) is definitely delightful.
Merry Christmas, Cathrina!
If a scene isn't working I'm stressed out and a nicely plotted story, well-written, is a huge delight.ReplyDelete
Always! I say they haunt my mss...ReplyDelete
I've never scrapped a story that far into drafting. Maybe I'm just so stubborn I make it work no matter what. LOLReplyDelete
I tried. I scrapped 2 and it hurt.Delete
Oh those typos!!!!! *sigh*ReplyDelete
I recently scrapped a book and a half in order to make the series better. It was the right choice but wow, did it hurt!!
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
I know what you mean.Delete
Ah, the frustration of tossing out words because they aren't working... I know that well.ReplyDelete
An awful feeling, isn't it?Delete
Arrgh those typos. No matter how many times or how many people read the ms, those darn typos keep showing up. Enjoy the delightful times.ReplyDelete
I can so relate to all of that!!ReplyDelete
I love your list of delights
Hi, Cathrina! Typos in my published writing makes me crazy! Wishing you lots of delight in your writing! Take care!ReplyDelete
Down with Typos!! What struck me about your post is that you have actually scrapped a 30thousand word piece of writing. How very incisive of you. My almost misses lie around, with me hoping I can make something of them, sometime.ReplyDelete
Happy IWSG day!
That was difficultDelete
It is the best feeling, when you read something you wrote and think to yourself: I'm so good! Such moments are to be treasured.ReplyDelete
Those darn typos! I had one on the description on the back cover of my first book. I still remember it: led vs lead. So mortifying *sigh*ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, Cathrina!
Oh dear. I hope you were able to fix it.Delete