Monday, February 22, 2010

Oh The Indignity!

Posted by Bethany at February 22, 2010
Happy Tuesday Folks,

If you were to hunt through my pack-rat storage areas eventually you'd come across my high school's literary magazine (that during my four years of high school was only published once, well, as far as I know). In there, if you know my maiden name, you'd find a poem written by me. If you read the lines carefully you'd find out there's a mistake. I forgot a word. I believe it was that little tiny word, "and".

For a writer, that's excessively embarrassing to forget a word, misspell a word, typos or putting in the wrong word. We're supposed to know words. They're our life.

Yet, even us writers, with some sort of insight into the world of words, are, in fact, human.

Yes...*GASP* we make mistakes.

Despite how much on a pedestal you put a writer you particularly like, that writer has, at least once in his or her lifetime, made a mistake...somewhere, somehow in some century.

The other night, in an online conversation with a friend I was typing out the word "idea". On accident I typed "deai" or something like that. I deleted it and typed the word properly before I hit the send button. I informed my friend of the mistake and laughing at myself said, "I don't know what I was doing, maybe I was trying to type in Pig Latin."

If a writer can laugh at his or herself that helps. Oh, sure, we might not be able to at first, especially when the embarrassment of a faux pas is fresh, but in time, we might, hopefully, be able to look back and chuckle.

In any case, learning from our mistakes, correcting our mistakes, proof reading in hopes of finding as many mistakes as possible before sending out our dear manuscripts into the world helps a writer with polishing up his or her work.

If not, we can always claim we were trying to write in Pig Latin.

Just a thought.

(or maybe not).

Have A Triumphant Tuesday!


Marsha Sigman on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 said...

LOL. Love this! I frequently type in Pig Latin.

Shannon O'Donnell on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 said...

Too true! We are uber hard on ourselves, even when we don't need to be. :-)

Bethany on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 said...


That's ompleteleycay wesomeaay that you frequently type in Igpay Atinlay. :-)

Bethany on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 said...


Yep. It's good to learn from mistakes, but when a writer just creams oneself for a typo, it's counter productive. :-)


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