I had another descriptive word for the wench that is Grammar, but I decided it might not be best to scream from the rooftops my distaste for The Rules of the English Language. So, I chose wench instead…Somehow that sounds so much nicer than the expletive I picked out 🙂 Still bad…but better. Trust me.
Anyway…I just wanted to do a quick post this morning on the editing process and grammar.
I am currently in the rewrite/revision stage of novel writing. For those of you that don’t know…
THIS IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE.
It is, however, frustrating much of the time. But not because of the writing. I LOVE writing.
What’s frustrating are the ERRORS. Wait…should that be is the ERRORS? And was it okay to use that ellipsis after the word wait? Should I have used What is instead of What’s? What about starting that sentence with And? GAHHHH!!!
This is very similar to the process I’m going through now with my WIP.
I have a 90,000 word novel. 90,000 WORDS. That ‘taint a little book. And by the time this is over, I will have meticulously scoured each and every one of those words.
If I didn’t love writing so much, I would call this process Writer’s Hell. But…odd as it is…I don’t mind it. (OMG…should I end that sentence with a preposition? Wait…it is a preposition, isn’t it? Crap).
I know…I’m crazy.
And if I’m not already, I most likely will be by the time I finally write the words: THE END and prepare the MS for send-off. (Holy #$%@! Should I use that dash or not?? What about that colon? And what is it with me and adverbs? THEY ARE THE ENEMY!)
Anyhow…As you can see, this is going to be a lengthy process.
One of the most annoying things I’ve noticed in my writing is that even after basically branding my brain with the knowledge to use strong verbs, I fail. Almost every time they’re needed. ANNOYING.
Instead of was smiling, I should say beamed or grinned or anything other than was smiling. I tend to use the word WAS as a crutch. It’s my lazy word. And I use the heck out of it even though I know better.
It’s like the rules in my brain don’t make it to my fingertips as I’m typing.
So…I will trust the huge stack of grammar books on my desk to guide me. And most likely a really good editor.
What about you guys?? What’s your crutch?
And…for future reference…I am adding The Grammar Girl widget to my sidebar. 🙂