For Monday, February 29, 2016:
“Sometimes I think my writing sounds like I walked out of the room and left the typewriter running.”
As I read over the last three chapters of the third draft of my almost-novel last night, in preparation for typing up one or more of them today, I found a glaring mistake. Within two or three short passages of dialogue – just a few sentences – I had used the words ‘apology,’ ‘apologize,’ or ‘apologies’ four times between two characters.
One of the first things I did when I started the revisions back in the second draft was to search out repetitive words. I knew going in I had used some – ‘gradually’ and ‘chuckled’ were the two I was most aware of – so I paid particular attention as I read through, and I kept my good thesaurus by my side as I changed some instances and deleted others.
I also knew I had to repair more than a few run-on sentences. This is where my ‘typewriter brain’ had kept on working and working without me, apparently, in the room. Hoo boy … There were some doozies, especially those where I must have been channeling William Faulkner. I think I caught them, though.
At least I thought I had, until I crashed into all those apologies for editing last night. How could I have gone through three separate drafts and not caught those?!? It’s not like those repeated words were spread out through the whole book as the others were. That I could understand. These were all on the same page, within micro-inches (millimeters?) of each other!
So it looks like another go-round is necessary. It’s a good thing I like the revision process. I just hope that typewriter will stop at some point!