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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oops!

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Ever gone through your manuscript after a critique to edit and found that somehow you either left out a word, put in a wrong word, or somehow didn't manage to spell the word right?

Two good things about this:

1.  You can take it out and fix the problem

2.  You just might have a hilarious outtake on your hands.

(This is one of the reasons why it's important to edit your work before querying/sending it to an agent and/or editor!)

One such thing happened to me awhile back.

I had someone critique a manuscript of mine and I was going through one of the chapters and I came to this line:

I take out my eyes.

The note by it from the person critiquing the story read something along these lines:  Neat trick. How she do that?

Oopsie! That was supposed to read: 

I take out my keys.

I don't know why it read "eyes" but I laughed over it.

The good news is, not only did I laugh, but I fixed it so the sentence read "keys" instead of "eyes". No, it was not my intention to have that character take out her eyes. I don't know anyone (except weird creepy characters, like the Fates in Greek mythology) who can do that.

If you know how to take out your eyes, please don't tell me. However, I think you can take out your keys without grossing me out.

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

2 comments:

Melissa said...

Too Funny! I gagged my character's reaction once. :) Meant gauged. Talk about change the mood of the scene! LOL It was great to see you today!!

Bethany said...

Melissa,

Hey lady, thanks for dropping by! It was great to see you, too. I hated ducking out early, but I had another obligation that took me away.

Hope the rest of the workshop went well :-)