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Plot Holes and Typos and Errors! Oh, my!

If you’ve ever edited your own writing, chances are that you have likely been amazed at the number of mistakes in your work. Even more maddening are the times when you continue to find glaring errors in what you had felt was a polished piece. Repeatedly spotting new problems in the same work starts to make you wonder if you are incapable of reading all of the words in a sentence or wondering if someone is playing a trick on you by adding mistakes on purpose, just to mess with your mind (and sanity)!

Importance of Editing Perspective Book SeriesThe continual discovery of new errors is a frustration that Julie and I have been facing since we began editing our manuscript. Although we knew that our first draft was far from flawless, I think what surprised me the most wasn’t the grammatical errors and typos that we found, but was rather the number of statements that were utterly nonsensical!

It is easy to forgive typos, laugh off word repetition, and shake your head at a massive run-on sentence. It’s even easy to accept certain grammatical errors if you don’t consider yourself a master of syntax. However, what I found particularly stinging to my pride was discovering that what I had originally thought was a powerful statement, turned out to be not only weak, but also didn’t make any sense!

If you’re a writer, you likely know that repeatedly proofing your work can be a real PITA (pain in the a**) and very discouraging, at times. Be that as it may, editing is an absolute must if you’re serious about producing something awesome that you will feel proud to share with the rest of the world. As a creative writer, you have to accept the fact that you will need to edit what you write, more than once and – more importantly – it is imperative that you have someone else proof it, too.

Whomever you choose to proof your work should be someone who not only has an incredible understanding of the English language, but he or she also needs to be able to work around/with your creativity. When writing a story, especially in the first person, not every character speaks or describes a situation or his or her surroundings using proper and perfect grammar. Some characters may be so rebellious that they will end some sentences in prepositions or *gasp* will occasionally split infinitives.

That being said, this doesn’t mean that you can continuously commit grammar crimes in the name of creativity. There is always a balance that needs to be maintained. In other words, if you’re going to flip the bird to syntax, it should be intentional and you should know why you’re doing it. Otherwise, you’ll be found guilty of linguistic ignorance and your sentence will be a grammar lesson that you’ll be wise not to forget.

Thankfully, Julie and I are very lucky to have a wonderful copyeditor who has exceptional grammatical skill and the ability to recognize that shackling some characters to every grammar rule in the book would snuff out their spirit.

Beyond the proofing done by you and your copyeditor, make sure that you let a few regular readers (you can trust) experience your work in its flawed form. They may not circle all of your typos, but what they will point out are plot holes, and parts of the story that they found hard to follow, hard to believe, or that simply didn’t make sense to them. No matter how great or small, almost all of the feedback that you will obtain will be valuable. It will help you to figure out what changes need to be made and it will put your end goals into greater perspective.

The proofing process of our manuscript has been a real eye-opener for me and I am grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. The support we have received, as Julie mentioned in her last post, has been incredible. I hope you have an equally wonderful support team behind all of your creative endeavours.

Thanks for reading and all the best!

P.S. Thanks to my father-in-law for introducing me to PITA 😀

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Taking the Leap of Faith

…only to land in a net of support

 

Have you ever had a dream that was so close to your heart that you would give up every other item on your “bucket list” in order to achieve it?

If you have, then you know how important this first book (of our book series) has become to my co-author, Amanda Giasson, and I.

leap of faith perspective book seriesIf you haven’t, then you’ll just have to use your imagination for now, and when you do suddenly come across a goal that is means more to you than any other experience in your life, I hope that you’ll remember this post. No, that wasn’t my “subtle” way of asking you to please subscribe to this blog, but now that we’re on the subject, please feel free to do so if you want to continue to read about our thoughts and progress on the way to getting our book series published and becoming rich and famous 😉

We’re not quite there, yet, but we’re trying very hard and we’re making  promising progress. It’s a nerve wracking process! When you decide to try to turn a dream into reality, it means that you’re taking a massive risk. While something remains a dream, it’s “safe”. You may not have it, yet, but at least it remains on your list of things that could happen.

When you decide to actually try to achieve your dream, you’re essentially jumping off a cliff and are trusting that either the water below you will be deep enough, or that a net will appear and will catch you. If things don’t work out, all could be lost.

When Amanda and I decided that it was time to stop talking about getting our books published, and to start taking action to get our words onto real pages that you can find in bookstores, jumping off a cliff was exactly how it felt. Completing the first draft of the manuscript was a tremendous victory for us, as Amanda described last week, when she wrote “Some Success Lasts Forever”.

taking the leap perspective book seriesStill, taking our leap was a huge rush. Suddenly, we found ourselves mid-air, falling toward the unknown. We could only hope that it would work out; that the experience would be a successful one. We are, after all, headed into unknown waters in the most important undertaking of our lives.

That’s where the net came in. As we started to tell friends, family, and even blog readers and social media followers, about what we are trying to do, the support was nearly overwhelming. The thought of it moves me to the point that tears are forming as I type these words. Instead of calling us “dreamers”, looking at us with doubt, or telling us not to get our hopes up because the odds are against us, the support that we have received has been far beyond what I could ever have expected.

At no other point in my life have I been the recipient of such consistent, genuine, and remarkable positivity. Every “like” to our Facebook page or “follow” on Twitter, every person who smiles with interest and wants to know about how we’re progressing, and everyone who has enthusiastically told us that they can’t wait to get their hands on their own copy and read our story, has made an immeasurable difference to my confidence.

net of support perspective book seriesIn return, that all I can promise is that Amanda and I will do everything in our power to keep the books in our series fun, interesting, original, and entertaining. We will continue trying, and we will do everything to see our stories on printed (and e-printed) pages.

When we do, we will never forget the support that we received so openly from everyone around us – in the real world and the digital one.

…Here come the tears again.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this:

We are taking the leap, but you are providing the net.

Thank you.

 

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