D is for Drat and Delight

As an author I frequently find myself saying “drat.” When I write my first draft, I believe in the idea of turning off my internal editor and just get the words down on the page. When I do my first edit, it doesn’t bother me to find errors because I expect them. Even as I work with subsequent edits, I know I am going to continue to find errors on a decreasing scale.

Then comes the day when I think it is in good shape and I show my story to someone or take it to critique group and I discover a multitude of errors, both typographically and in plot elements that need to be fixed. It may be a simple matter of punctuation or a missed word. Or it may be a full sentence, paragraph, or section that is missing. I go home muttering “drat, drat, drat” under my breath. I sit down at the computer with several pages of notes of things I need to change. I look at all the scribbling and all I can think of is “drat.”

Then I look at my computer and the delight begins. Yes, I have lots of errors to fix, but I can take my cursor, put it in the right place and make the change. I know this is exhibiting my age, but I remember all too well the times in high school and college, I tried to figure out ways to make a correction on a paper written on the typewriter. Occasionally I could make the change by getting the paper in the right position, smearing the print with correction fluid and retyping it correctly. However, more often I would have to retype the whole thing. It could mean hours and hours of work to be redone. Today, I can be delighted because with the computer those corrections take considerably less time, allowing me to spend more time creating new stories.

I’m done with the “drats” and am basking in the “delights.”


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I cannot tell you how many

I cannot tell you how many times I have revised and rewritten my book and still, still I find stupid grammar errors. I think after a while we just skim without knowing it.

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It happens to the best of us! And besides, drat is only one letter short of draft.

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