Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Think we have a Communication Issue Here

This week I am going over my Beta reads and fixing...well...words.

I had no idea words could cause so much havoc! I had some words added where they shouldn't be and a few sentences that weren't finished. (I have a really funny one that was pointed out to me, but I can't mention it on the blog. Let's just say it had something to do with big ones. Opps, I said too much. It's not what you think Mom...I promise).

Words can really mess up your story. For example...check this out:


So funny. Thanks Rhett and Link. 

So next time you are writing a novel, short story, essay, etc..., make sure all those words make sense, or else you'll have a story that is just all over the place.


Have you ever had issues with your words in your ms? Has anyone ever found a sentence that didn't read right (hello, big ones).  What was the funniest or scariest one you've found?

I'm off to my edits. Have a great week everyone!

22 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Oh there have been SOOOO many. They're inevitable!

Jamie Burch said...

I've lost track! Sometimes what's in my head doesn't end up the same on the page. Oh, well. :)

Good luck with your edits! Hope you have a fabulous week.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I've been in my editing cave too, and YES! to the word issue. :-)

Jennifer Shirk said...

I just got a crit back and there were TONS of "this reads funny" lines. *sigh* I swear they looked right when I first read it. LOL

Jen Daiker said...

I wish it wasn't so, but alas, it is.

PS - I AM A TERRIBLE FRIEND! I still have your address and WILL STILL SEND YOUR BOOK(S) out! So sorry I'm terrible at sending crap out!

Sara B. Larson said...

Ha ha, yeah I tend to leave words out. Good luck on your edits!

Jolene Perry said...

One of the characters in my book is named Brian - the number of times I spelled his name Brain made me finally do a control F for his name and change it from Brain to Brian.
Funny :D

Lynn said...

A simple letter mix up can cause the craziest mix-ups! At least they can make me giggle when focused, serious editing can make me cranky!

Angie said...

Oh, yes. The typos cause lots of problems too. Sometimes my husband will have to ask, "What is this supposed to mean?" Thank heavens for someone to point out those problems!

Patti said...

I just finished my edits from my CP and I shook my head on many occasions thinking, why didn't I catch that.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Sometimes I get ahead of myself and there are a few words missing when I'm done. Who needs nouns?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

LOL...I just mentioned a book idea to my husband about a character trying to find where he is supposed to sleep. The title came out a bit too ummm...provocative. Glad he mentioned it before I sent it to anyone.

Al said...

Very funny!

Enjoy the edits!

Michelle Teacress said...

I've had some really big ones, but unfortunately I can't remember where I filed them.

I should really keep track of them so I don't lose them. ;)

Michelle Teacress said...

HaHaHa! I just watched Rhett and Link. So funny. :D

Summer Ross said...

I'm constantly going through words when i write a piece. they play such a major role :) Have a great day!

Shelley Sly said...

HA! I love that video. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to look those guys up.

Janet Johnson said...

I have definitely had them! Can't think of the funny ones now, but I do remember there were some Star Wars moments. :)

These are not the droids you're looking for.

Susan Fields said...

Definitely watch those words - they like to mess us writers up! :) I can't think of any funny or scary ones off the top of my head, but I know I've definitely had my issues.

Lola Sharp said...

Hehe...we've ALL done this MANY times. It's why we have CPs, betas and proof readers....and editors STILL find lots of mistakes after going through all those stop-gaps. AND STILL we see published books with typos and such.

We're human. :)

But, I like when the typos are funny. It's kinda like the auto-correct funnies. :D

Huggles,
Lola

Shari said...

Absolutely yes. And I try to be so careful.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Happens to me all the time. That's why it's so important to set my story aside for a couple days before editing. I catch so many more problems that way!

Good luck with your edits :)))