I often roam the internet, making my way from one website to another, reading hundreds of words written by other people. Those words sometimes anger me, at other times they make me cry, but today I found words that inspire.
This is a post that reminds us about the small things in writing. The things that can be tedious and time consuming, but are very important to all writers. It reminds us that after hours and hours of sitting alone and writing, we then sit for hours and hours alone and edit, before we sit for hours and hours proofreading.
When I read, if I see a single mistake my reaction is, “haha, a mistake!” When I write, I’m conscious of this but it doesn’t stop the errors getting through.
The author of the post “When Nothing is Good” is correct when she says that nobody notices when everything goes well, but those same people are quick to jump up and down when something turns pear shaped.
I’d like to be remembered for a good story, not for a story full of errors, so I edit and edit and edit some more. When a story flows nicely, the reader is taken on a lovely journey. As writers, we have to ensure the reader is so absorbed in the story that nothing can distract them, especially typos, poor formatting and bad grammar.