“There Are Two Typos Of People In This World: Those Who Can Edit And Those Who Can’t”
― Jarod Kintz
It never ceases to amaze me that I can write a story, read it several times, and still I can make some colossal boner!
Like I had a character who in the early chapters of the book had a sister and remembers when he was a kid he loved to ride her pink bike, and then at the end of the book was an only child.
Or how I will start a couple making love at the house of one character’s house, and they finish at the other character’s apartment!
Now only that, but with each round of edits on each book, I become a better and better writer.
Today it’s final edits on my Daily Dose story, “Until I Found You” (which previously had a title that just wouldn’t work–thank you editors for that too!). I was startled that there were still mistakes being caught!
And then there’s Ann Byassee. She gets me. She understands why I chose a word that might not be typical. She understands my love affair with the parenthetical phrase. She understands weird grammatical choices and why I might leave out a comma or put one in an even weirder place. I have grown to trust her so much that she in many ways has carte blanch to make changes without me even looking and knows when I need to look and make a judgement.
She has become my master polisher, confidant and even friend–and we never have to worry ever that our friendship will upset our professional relationship. And I recently got to meet her face to face after several years of knowing each other. We loved each other! HURRAY!
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
Today I am grateful (and more than just today) to editors. I couldn’t really tell my tales without them.
photograph by jppi from morgueFile