Friday, January 11, 2013

Writing A Novel: Psycho Typos

I've always tried to catch typos in my writing, but I'm not perfect. I still make mistakes from time to time. I do work hard, though, at trying to make my writing as clean as possible. Right now, I'm going through my work in progress with a fine-toothed comb and have already come across some crazy typos.

In one scene, my narrator talks about how she's singing along to the radio. Only instead of saying that she sings another verse, I have her singing another voice. Say what? I get WHY the wrong word was used, because voice equals singing and I was writing about her singing, but still -- this didn't make sense.

Shortly after, there's another scene where my narrator says that she sings along to another song. Only here I say that she sings along to another car. WTF? Again, I understand why I used the word "car" -- because the character is in a car at the time of the scene, but really, I don't know where my head was when I wrote this chapter!

This is why it's so important to get as many capable editors to look over your work as possible. It's good to have fresh eyes see your words because your mind can play tricks on you. You may repeat a word like "the the" or use a word incorrectly ... but because you know your story so well, your mind will automatically correct the mistake as you read. I know that I've done this with my own work.

With my WIP, I'm going through each chapter carefully. Perfection is impossible, but the closer I can get it to perfect, the more satisfied I will be.

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