Despite posting about proofreading errors in the not too distant past, I seem not to have heeded my own advice. A few days ago, I presented a characterisation in a paragraph, as necessitated by the creative writing course I’m undertaking, only to publish it before noticing a glaring mistake. Although I had edited and redrafted it several times, I’d still missed it. Of course the minute it was up there for everyone to see and irretrievable, it was as obvious as a wart on the end of my nose.
As a rule, I try and print out any drafts so that I’m able to see my work in different mediums and hopefully, spot the mistakes. As this was only a small passage and I was under pressure to leave the house to be elsewhere, I thought it would pass muster after several readings and released it. How sorry was I?
It left me with a sour taste in my mouth, as anyone looking at it might assume it was intended to read this way. It was only a paragraph, I hear you say, which is true. And it was no masterpiece. Kate Atkinson can sleep soundly in her bed tonight. But when I write, I try to present the best piece of work I can for that particular stage of my development and feel let-down when this doesn’t happen.
So the moral of this story is not to publish anything when rushed or tired. Imagine your work is a fine wine and let it sit for a while before returning to it for a final edit.
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