I am back at school and I have wifi and a temp job.
2 more weeks and I have to hit the books again until May. Whoo!
Until then *drum roll*.......
Well, I've been editing my book hardcore recently. I am no in the stage where I'm handing it off and letting my friend read it. She's sooooo helpful.
Especially with things that spell check and grammar check don't actually...check.
So, through my friend's edit's I got a ton of word changes. Things like "lair" to "liar" (she said this was the funniest). Mostly, I forgot to add "-ed" to things. And sometimes I even mixed up a "too and a to" and a "then" and a "than".
These things, though we know our eyes are so used to the screen, and so used to our book they can't really make out these simple errors, still make me feel very insecure about the greatness of my work, and the value of my book.
Worst of all, it makes me feel like a bad writer. : (
I haven't found a way to feel better about these mistakes either, because I feel like perfection is expected of a writer/English Writing major. But truly, I'm not very good at spelling or grammar. I have to work very hard on trying to figure out my commas, semicolons and colons. I had to look up the difference in then and than some years ago because I wasn't sure which one I was supposed to use.
Recently the whole "phased" and "fazed" got me all mixed up. Apparently the one I've always needed to be using was "fazed".... (which means basically disconcert, discomfit, perturb, fluster, confound.) Yep. Would have never known that. Thanks yahoo.
AND to top all this off, no matter how many times I edit my book, I CANNOT FIND THESE MISTAKES!!
This is why you need a beta reader. It is impossible for me to locate any of the mistakes my friend caught. (Right before I sent it to her, I had edited it completely, then as she read, I read along with her). Found none of them.
Does this make anyone else feel like you just fail at writing/editing/everything? cause it does me!! : (