I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been taking writing classes to help improve my skills. Some of them have were bad matches for me, but recently, the classes I’ve been taking have been really good. I’ve had lots of fun, and I’ve learned a lot of helpful information too.
One of the classes I’m taking is an editing class. I thought it would be a good idea to refresh my memory on the finer details of writing, but I basically knew all this stuff already.
Well, I decided to practice by editing one of my old short stories. I had read through it about a month ago, and I liked it so much, I decided that it was ready to publish. So, I was just going to edit it really quick and send it on its way. I thought I would find one or two little tiny grammar mistakes, but otherwise it would be perfect.
You can start laughing now.
That’s right, it was riddled with mistakes. There was one in almost every single sentence. It took me two days to cut through the worst of them. The most common problem was run-on sentences. Seriously, I had sentences that stretched nearly the whole page! How did I not notice this last month?
But, now that I’m starting to get into this editing thing, I’m starting to see grammar mistakes everywhere. Just yesterday I was reading the newspaper and I kept getting stuck on all the little typos and grammar flubs. A double word here, a missing comma there, it was really annoying. And I used to like reading the community newspaper.
Now I’m wondering if I can turn this editor scanner part of my brain off!