Thank you contest

 

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Albert Einstein

So let’s have some fun!  As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to faithful long-time and new followers here, I thought it might be fun to have a contest for folks to try their hand at a little bit of editing.

What’s that you say?  That sounds more like punishment than fun?  Well, even editors need editors, and I hope you’ll all help me edit my novel before I’m through with this third draft.

Besides, there’s not much, it’s easy, and it might help train our eyes for things to look out for as we write.

Maybe this will persuade you: everyone will be a winner.  Everyone who participates will receive mention and grateful thanks in the acknowledgements.

Wait, there’s more!  The person who finds the most corrections – I count 16 mistakes (with one that could be counted as a 17th) spread out among the four paragraphs that follow – will receive a complementary edit of up to ten pages in any genre.

And here’s a bonus: If someone finds something I’ve missed, or has one or more suggestions for improvement that I agree with, s/he will receive a free copy once the novel is published.

So if you’re ready to help out this editor …

You’ll see four paragraphs below.  Each one is from a different part of the book.  I’ll start you off with a hint: there are a couple of things among the usual spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes that need to be corrected.

Okay, another hint is that one graph has several mistakes in it and another has only two.

The contest runs through the weekend.  Let’s set a deadline of 7:00 Eastern Standard Time (in the U. S.) on Monday morning.  Use the ‘Comments’ feature to post your corrections or send me your email if you prefer more privacy.

I truly hope you have fun with this.  Good luck, and thank you so much for your faithfulness and company!

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The Prompter Room

For Sunday, February 21, 2016:

 

“Whether fame or notoriety is your fate [as a writer], put it behind you and put the typewriter in front of you.  And put next to your typewriter these words from Albert Einstein: ‘The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.'”

Rita Mae Brown – STARTING FROM SCRATCH: A DIFFERENT KIND OF WRITERS’ MANUAL

True confessions time: Sometimes I feel envious when I see accounts of people younger than me who ‘make it’ and are successful in the eyes of the world.  This is especially true when I know for a fact their writing is no better, and sometimes worse, than mine.

I’m sorry, I can’t help it.  I’m human.

It’s not that I seek fame – I sure as heck don’t seek notoriety! – but I confess the idea of walking down the streets of our small town and having folks come up to me and say ‘Oh, you’re the writer I’ve heard about!  May I get your autograph?’ would be kind of nice.  Once in a while.

I’m too much of an introvert for that kind of a thing to happen too often, but I don’t think I need to worry about it.  (In my daydreams, though, I’m much more extroverted …)

There’s nothing wrong with daydreams.  We all have them – is there a writer who hasn’t dreamed of winning a Pulitzer, or a National Book Award, or (be honest) a Nobel in Literature?   We’re writers.  Don’t we spend a lot of time in various permutations of a fantasy world?  Those daydreams galvanize us, serve as a bit of a spark, something to strive for.

But we also have those aspirations because we read the award-winning works of others, and liked – or, flip side, didn’t like and thought we could do better – what we read. Perhaps when we started out, we (okay, I) wanted to have what they have,  but I like to think at least a little part of us wanted to do what they do just for the sake of doing it.  We wanted to participate in this grand vocation called writing, too.

Henry Miller has a good reminder, one I need to keep beside Einstein’s words: “Writing is its own reward.”  The older I get and the longer I write, the more I know this is true.  Seeking, or even waiting for, fame does corrupt.  It can stifle our creativity, stop us in our tracks.  Rita Mae Brown also says,  “[N]ever hope more than you work.”

So I try to check my envy at the door every time the nasty thing nudges its way into my thinking.  I’m getting better, I must say.  I know for sure that success doesn’t mean fame and fortune.  It means reaching that one person, whom I may never meet, with my words at the very time s/he needs to read them.

I’m blessed to know that has happened on more than one occasion.  When I’m not too busy fantasizing, and when I’m honest with myself, that truly is reward enough for me.

I confess that I might keep hoping – if anyone from high school reads this, I might be convinced to accept that alumni award (just sayin’) – but I also know I must keep working so one person ‘out there’ will receive what I write when s/he needs it. Because I love to write.