What are my pet peeves when reading/editing/writing?
Let me start by saying this is my first post for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. I was supposed to do one last month and forgot, completely. I know this group has been running for a few years because I actually joined initially around 2013 but back then I was even more disorganised about blogging than I am today, so I failed to complete the posts. Here I am renewed and ready to get involved. 🙂 So here are my pet peeves:
Pet peeves when reading:
- Purple prose – I can’t stand it. I can be completely turned off by a book if I feel like the writer is trying to show off their writerly genius in the form of long descriptions of an intellectual nature. I don’t want to be aware of the writer, I just want to escape in the story. There are loads of highly acclaimed writers that I just can’t read because of my inability to stomach this. I don’t want to have to look up three words in every sentence. I just want to be entertained. (I also think I lack the intelligence to deal with high-brow, literary fiction.)
- Confusing pronoun use. Sorry Hilary Mantel, this one is for you. I know Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies won the Booker prize but I had to put Wolf Hall down because it just wasn’t obvious to me who was doing half the stuff. (This may be related to point number one in that I may just be far less intelligent and therefore unable to handle such things.)
- Bad spelling and huge grammar errors, of course. This will also lead me to putting down a book. I’m not a grammar nazi and I can let the odd typo go but lots of that stuff is a no-go.
Pet peeves when editing:
I’m not really sure what to write for this one. I guess the above would fit if I were doing those in my drafts but remember, I’m not intelligent enough to do the first two and the third I would fix during the edit. I don’t really have pet peeves when editing because I always know to remind myself that I’m editing a terrible, terrible previous draft. I try to forgive myself for my terribleness.
Pet peeves when writing:
- When my brain tells me over and over and over again that what I am writing is shit and worthless and a waste of time. I hate that.
- When I plot a certain way and I end up writing something completely different. Why do I do that? Are my fingers in cahoots with the part of my brain that told me the outline was also crap?
- When I lose my work because of technology.
- When I read my work again and then think it is awful, and then change my mind and think it is quite good and then change it back again and think it’s awful once again.
- When I send my work to competitions or feedback forums thinking it is quite good and then realise that I was right before, when I thought it was shit.
So, those are my pet peeves!
Right now, I’m just trying to persuade myself that my writing is good enough to keep sending to competitions and magazines in the hope that one day I will be right.
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Thanks for reading! 😀