[Full disclosure: I wrote this at an unsuitable time last night, with a few drinks in me. Following the great Hemingway’s advice, I wrote drunk and edited sober. No so much drunk really, as nicely tiddly. If it worked for Hemingway, it sure as hell is good enough for me!]
Ok, don’t judge me, but I’ve been reading through my old blog posts. Yes, I know, it’s a very narcissistic thing to do. In my defence, I’m a tad inebriated, and therefore my judgement is not operating at full capacity.
Anyway, coming home I felt some absurd pride for this little baby of mine, that I’ve written all by myself (*ahem* under close feline supervision of course), so I decided to indulge myself in a little egotistic trip and re-read my old posts. Well holy crap was I in for a shock – my blog is full of typos and grammatical errors! Well maybe not full, but there are enough mistakes for the expression “lashings of” to come into play. The fact that I can spot them through my wine/cocktail goggles means that they must be GLARING.
I’m obviously pretty embarrassed. Apologies to you all (lashings of, again). This is also the sort of thing that highlights the essential role a copyeditor plays in a writer’s life – rest assured that I plan on hiring one before publishing The Book. Anyway, the pride in my blog somewhat deflated after seeing that.
Finally, a question – have you ever gone back to re-read your old blog posts? (Please say yes, I don’t want to be the only self involved blogger in the blogosphere). What did you think? Second question, have you tried drinking and blogging? If you have, please lead me to your posts!
Right, and since it’s Sunday now (I am now writing sober by the way), I’ll sneak in my ROW80 update. Oh, and I also have to admit that in the cold light of
hangover morning, I lack the energy and motivation to go back and hunt down my typos. Hope you don’t mind.
I’m not sure whether this is a good thing, but I’ve done most of my goals already. I can’t decide if I pulled a rookie by overestimating how long it would take to get through it all, or if I’ve gone too quickly and the whole thing will fall apart as soon as I start writing the second draft. Only time will tell I guess.
I’ve completed all the world building stuff, and am just missing a couple of smaller character worksheets. I also have re-outlined about a quarter of The Novel with detailed synopses for each scene, although I still need to work on the descriptions a bit more. I have changed things around quite a bit, in fact doing the character worksheets has been a huge help: the plot has significantly evolved as a result. The second draft will be a total rewrite rather than an edit, which is fine because my first draft needed some heavy duty work done to it anyway.
On the reading front, that’s been a bit slow – I should finish Gulliver’s Travels tonight, and get started on Life of Johnson tomorrow.
Right, that’s me for now, wishing you all a good start to the week!
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