Yesterday morning, I re-read Monday’s post, and found myself very embarrassed by the grammar errors it contained. Since this site has developed into a “how I am learning to write” blog, I am particularly disappointed in myself.
So here is one point that I feel obliged to make: edit your post before you publish it. I did not do that yesterday, mostly because I was writing it in a hurry between appointments. But that is a poor excuse. I could have saved it as a draft, and returned to it later. I probably would have added a photo of the Lego set for some visual interest, too. Instead, I published a post that had grammar errors, wrong words (thank you, auto-complete), and at least two transitional errors that made the story read less smoothly than it should have. Unfortunately, errors are distracting to many readers, especially those people with degrees in any field of English. I wasn’t an English major, but from junior high through graduate school, editing was highly stressed in all my classes that required some writing ability. That means all my classes except for pure math or statistics courses. So typos and grammar errors are particularly embarrassing to me. Besides, I often find myself stopped cold while reading novels that were poorly or not professionally edited–including works by some significant authors. Many of the latter are barely proof-read beyond the first half of the book anyway, which annoys me to no end–especially when the author contradicts him/herself on a descriptive point or previous action by a different character. My memory may not be what it used to be, so I find myself checking back for the original reference to see if it’s me or the author.
A lot of people can catch their errors by reviewing the “writing page;” but I am not one of them. I am one of those people who needs to review her work in Preview mode to catch errors. Why? I don’t know–probably some disconnect between one or more brain cells. We all have our little qwerks, and that happens to be one of mine. The point is that I did not take the time to review, and therefore published a post that could have–no, should have– been better.
So if you are following my blog because it has become a record of how my writing is improving, I apologize for the flaws in Monday’s post. At some point, I will return to that post and add a section of corrected work. Not today, though. It’s another time-restricted day.
With deepest apologies,