writing gaffes

As I sit here waiting for the UPS man to bring me my latest manuscript so I can wade through my editor’s revision comments, I am reminded of the many bloopers I’ve inadvertently written into early drafts.

I had a nurse who sighed patiently. (Well, how else is she going to sigh?)
I had a guard who looked at the heroine with a guarded expression. (Again, that’s a given.)
And of course there is my infamous snake (which you wouldn’t want in your mouth) who became a snack during the climax scene. (Not such a bad thing to have in your mouth.)

I have had characters walk down aisles and an ethereal smile that spellcheck turned into a urethral smile. (I’m not sure how that’s even possible.)

But probably my all time favorite writing blooper wasn’t written by me at all, but by my writer friend, Paige. In a draft for our critique group, she wrote a story about a princess who accidentally cast a spell that turned the castle staff into animals. These animals then did their eliminating business all over the castle floor. She and her family have to clean up the poop. While she is cleaning, she thinks about asking her family for help breaking the spell, but then reasons that her family already has their hands full.

Which of course makes the reader wonder exactly how the royal family is cleaning up the mess.

This my friends, is why you should never publish your first draft.


writing gaffes — 8 Comments

  1. This is too funny!! I don’t edit my blog posts before I publish them (with two toddler running around, I don’t have the time!) and I get correcting comments all the time.

    I can imagine the field day my readers would have with my first draft. Eek. That’s why my Mom will be the first to read it. Her red pen has a way of being kind about correction.

  2. Haha! These are funny!

    Pup Rants posted a video last week on the Impotence of Proofreading that’s good for a laugh. (I didn’t post the link because I’m not sure if that’s considered pc on blogs, to send readers to another blog?)

  3. I live in fear of that kind of error. The article mentions that Penguin had to recall thousands of cookbooks after printing a recipe that called for salt and ground black people. (Instead of pepper.) Like that’s not going to cause problems . . .

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