Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What the?

Yesterday I had a quick look through the manuscript for The Dying God & Other Stories. This piece is something I've edited, re-edited, had edited (unpaid) and edited again.

I still found errors.

Two spelling errors and roughly four grammatical errors.

What the...?

That might not seem so bad for five poems and ten short stories, but I found it completely unacceptable, especially since I have paid so much attention to this particular piece. It just goes to show, you can never edit too much!

Today I'm reading through it again, to make sure that the changes I saved yesterday have stuck. Sometimes I get a paranoid feeling that Word is out to get me and doesn't save all my changes. I have been confused several times. I've been left thinking, 'Didn't I change that already? I recall changing that.'

Is that normal? Do other writers have paranoia about their word processing software?

Perhaps I'm special. In any case, I'll be editing The Dying God & Other Stories again, and again, and again. I'm figuring once a day until I have to upload it. Sound good? It doesn't to me, but it needs to be done.

On that note, I must dash and do it. Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!


Anna L. Walls said...

This is something I've discovered in like the last year (almost) (I think) (doesn't matter), try to figure out how to make your computer read your manuscript to you. Unlike your brain/eyes, it will read what is on the paper, not what you want to be there. I've found so many little mistakes that way - like a missing 's' or some such little thing.

S.M. Carrière said...

Oh yes! I had forgotten about that neat little trick! I'll try that. Thanks Anna.

Only now I have to try and figure out how to do that...

Tom said...

Personally, I think your question for editing perfection sadly makes you unusual these days:

S.M. Carrière said...

That's a really interesting article, Tom. Thanks for the link.

I don't think I'm that unusual. I want a quality product, and so I'll edit 'till I get there. However, without the benefit of an actual editor (as described by the article), I will forever be trapped writing my way when some input might push my stories from good to fabulous.

Hopefully I'll be able to find a good editor with whom I can develop a good relationship with... when I'm published properly!