Today I’m going hunting, but not over hill and dale. The last time I was aboard a horse I was swiftly unseated and I can take a hint.
The book is almost finished and I now have to face reading it, from the beginning and quietly putting to death its most egregious flaws. It isn’t fun.
‘You wrote that?’ I whisper to myself. ‘Laurie, what were you thinking?’
To make this task more palatable I usually combine it with a cliche-hunt. If I can catch even a few I’ll sleep better at night.
under the radar. Even the best of writers, people who you’d expect to avoid them like the plague , fail to notice them. Scanning for them is a colossal pain in the neck but, you know, it’s all in a day’s work.
In the course of today’s hunt I’ll also be
keeping an eagle eye for longeurs, repetition and continuity bloopers.
I wear old clothes for this kind of work. Blood may be shed.