When I was little, I liked to say my name out loud, over and over - because eventually it sounded foreign and unfamiliar. Even words we use all the time, like the can sound really peculiar the more times you say it.
That's the feeling I'm having with the latest round of Cat and the Dreamer edits. The more I consider whether that word, the comma is correct, the more removed I feel from the text, until - after reading the sentence over and over - it makes no sense. Argh!
I hope this is just my perception and it will all make total sense when it's finally finished. But it does spookily echo a dream I had the other night - my first sentence was gobbledygook, and I when my eyes focused on the text, I'd misspelled 'stuck', among others, and I woke up in a complete panic.
(On a related note: I spell-checked this post because I wasn't sure how to spell gobbledygook. The spell-checker had that word, but doesn't know spookily! How strange!)
When my sentences stop making sense, I move on!ReplyDelete
when i edit too much, the story doesn't sound like me anymore, like i'm trying too hard to impress my readers. i don't like reading stories where it sounds like the author was trying to make every word perfect.ReplyDelete
I've certainly over-edited in the past. I think I've learnt my lesson. And yes, I agree, with some authors it's like they just sat with a thesaurus and used EVERY word in it!Delete
Definitely time to stop for a cuppa :-)ReplyDelete
I've stared at words thinking they looked so weird - and their words I use (and spell) every day. Sometimes things just don't look right. That's when I get my I-pod out and listen to music and drink some caffeine. LOL!ReplyDelete
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See, I used the wrong "There" in the sentence in my first post. I think it's time for that caffeine!Delete
I remember once completely forgetting how to spell 'the'. The mind works in mysterious ways.Delete
That was a favourite game of mine when I was a child. You can make any word sound alien if you say it often enough... enough enough enough enough ;-)ReplyDelete
It sounds like you need a bit of a break and then you'll be able to get back to editing with a clearer head.
Actually, I'm all done. That's the beauty of a novella - I'm finding it's not taking me that long to get to the end.Delete
I love the sound of specific words. My favorite: apprehensive. (I think it goes back to when I first heard it).ReplyDelete
As far as the commas; I'm very bad with punctuation. Although, I've been reading some helpful guides lately, very simplified, and it has helped.
I love punctuation. I'm a huge semi-colon fan!Delete
Doesn't it seem bizarre that there is a correct way to write gobbledygook?ReplyDelete
Lol yes. And I originally spelt it wrong!Delete
Isn't that the strangest phenomenon, when you say or look at a word so long it no longer looks right?? I think you have a beautiful name.ReplyDelete
Thank you Melissa.Delete
That's why you should rather read over your sentences and only stop when something jumps out at you. Also, that's what crit partners are for. ;-)ReplyDelete
Very weird that the spell-checker doesn't have spookily.
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I'd got down to the nitty-gritty, moving the comma two words to the right type of editing. Glad it's all over now!Delete
I can't say I've ever had the problem when editing, but when I have to say a word that's new to me or that I've only seen in writing, then I get confused at times. English is so strange.ReplyDelete
Strange but wonderful. I can spend ages reading through my thesaurus searching for the right words!Delete
Oh, I always have to look up gobbledygook - even now, I had to scroll up to check!
Yes, sometimes words blur in front of me or nothing makes sense. I usually step away, go for a walk, that sort of thing.
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Any writer who can spell "gobbledygook" is all right in my book.ReplyDelete
Welcome to my blog Rick, and thanks for the follow - hopefully it's not totally full of gobbledygook!Delete
Gobbledygook, sounds cool to me. This is quite an interesting post.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Melissa.Delete
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there's an award for you at my blog.ReplyDelete
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