Have any of you seen Castle? If you have, you know what an awesome show it is. If you haven’t, rent the seasons from Netflix and start watching!
There’s an episode that was in, I believe, the second season. Someone was murdered and on her face was written a message, “psycho, the rapist, your out of time.” Castle said, “Whoever killed her also murdered the English language.”
Richard Castle is a writer I’d love to know! (I wouldn’t mind knowing Nathan Fillion either though. ;)) Anyway, Castle is a witty character with a sympathetic side. He’s awesome. He is also a best-selling author following around Detective Kate Beckett for his Nikki Heat series. (You can buy the books as well.)
Anyway, I was discussing NaNoWriMo with someone on G+ about a month ago discussing our projects. My project was going to originally be a re-write of my very first [finished] novel. When I told him that, I said, “Hope that’s okay. ;)”
In return he said, “It’s not like the NaNo cops will be knocking down your door.”
I had a funny image of Richard Castle busting down the door with a NaNoWriMo badge yelling, “Set the laptop aside. Down on the ground! DOWN ON THE GROUND!”
Okay. Realistically this isn’t going to happen. But wouldn’t it be funny if it did?
Now, to the point. I’ve never had an editor, but I do have a wonderful group of people who help me edit. They’re my personal “writing cops.” Although my dad has a habit of laughing at my mistakes. Love that man though! Admittedly, some of the mistakes are quite hilarious!
But, this is why editing is so important. Even accidentally, we murder the English language. Sometimes we forget the small things. (And big things.) What if we accidentally wrote “hear” for “here.” Or forgot the ‘h’ in “where.” Any misplaced commas, quotations, apostrophes, etc. Or “your” for “you’re.” It can happen, although that is one of my biggest pet peeves! If I make that mistake I beat myself up. Anyway…
If you read my last post about guest posting on Karen Baney’s blog about Indie Authors, you’ll know that we self-pubbed authors don’t exactly have the biggest fan base. However, Tamara Paulin made a good comment about that.
I’m not too worried about trying to change people’s minds about self-publishing in general. I really won’t mind if, years from now, people still say they dislike self-pubbed books, BUT they do love authors X, Y, and Z. I am trying to be Author Z.
I think self-pubbing has already gained a lot of acceptance, as have low-budget indie movies.
However, she also said “Self-pubbers are permitted zero typos!”
It’s true. We are permitted zero typos. That’s why it’s important to find someone to look at our work with fresh eyes. Eyes that aren’t all lovey-dovey for our work. We’re blinded. They aren’t.
In my financial state, aka starving artist, I can honestly say, I can’t afford an editor right now. So, I have to rely on my beta readers. They make good cops. Especially betas who are writers!
When I first started writing, I was scared to death of feedback. Now, I crave it! I can’t get enough. Really. I’m still scared of feedback. It makes me nervous, but I do appreciate it very much. Feedback furthers our writing. We learn from our own mistakes. Hopefully.
So, don’t take feedback for granted. Welcome the “cops” into your life. They’re only trying to help. Let them handcuff ya and book you for murdering the English language. But don’t worry. They’ll let you off for good behavior given you correct your mistakes.