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Before I begin this post, I want to make it clear that this message is not intended for anyone who suffers from dyslexia or dysgraphia. Dyslexia is a term most of us are familiar with. Dysgraphia may be new to some of you, so here is an article that will explain both in layman’s terms.
If you follow me, you should know that I only blog when I have something of substance to share. I truly care about all of us who have taken on the label of “writer” and I wish for all of us to be at the top, standing shoulder to shoulder… equal in our quest to have readers salivating after our books. But for that to happen, I must release these tidbits of wisdom that I am compelled to share when they weigh heavily upon my heart.
I am an extremely particular character when it comes to writing. Every bit of writing that you publish, no matter where you publish it, matters in my book. The writers who ensure that every bit of writing they publish is error-free and makes sense, meaning there is clarity in the thoughts they are attempting to share, are my kind of writers. So, this post today is not for them – it’s for everyone else… those I lovingly refer to as lazy writers.
I am the person who trashes advertising flyers left on my door or my car windshield if I find one typo. I am the person who cringes and never returns to visit blog sites riddled with typos and confusion. I am the person who literally covers my eyes and peeks through my fingers when reading email messages that are poorly written, shocked that someone would send such trash. I am the person who stops reading books after just a few pages if I’ve found similar issues mentioned above in those first few pages. Why would I waste my time reading any farther?
I often say that if you can’t pen a proper email, one free of typos and punctuation issues, then I am not at all interested in reading any book you may have written. I have, and will always stand by the fact that if you can’t write an email, you probably can’t write a good book that anyone would want to read.
The same goes for comments I tend to read around the net. If your comments are jumbled and your words are scrambled and I am left scratching my head after reading them, then what would be pushing me to run out and purchase your book? Certainly not the comments that left me confused, because I’m pretty sure that those left me running, screaming in the opposite direction.
Here is a fictional example of the scary comments I’m referring to…
I hoping you all have a azaning Christmass holiday tomorrow will be cold in my homw twon Colorodo, I will be warm if I kee my coat buitoned up
I put this in color and bold because I want everyone to really see this. SOME OF YOU WRITE LIKE THIS! Seriously, I’ve seen it! I’ve seen it in books, I’ve seen it in email messages, but I see it most in comments that some of you wanna-be writers post publicly around the web for the world to read.
It takes only a moment (to take your time) to do things right the first time. (My husband hears this often.)
I read this quote recently… Only God does things right the first time. “Bulls&$@!” I say. That’s a cop-out and a lazy excuse for not giving something your absolute best the first time out of the gate. And by the way, stop buying into every ridiculous quote you read – I don’t care who penned them!
As newly published authors, many of us didn’t know what we were doing when we first took that leap. We thought we were getting it right the first time, myself included, but after being in the business for a while, we quickly learned how badly we erred in our attempts. Learning and growing from those first attempts, are what makes us better writers. If you published poorly in the beginning of your writing career, yet, have gone back to correct those published mistakes from your past, kudos to you! I’d love to read your re-dos. But, if after learning of your mistakes and not caring that they are still out there and continually making those same mistakes, well, as I like to say, “I gots nothing for ya!” No waste of my money. No waste of my time.
Now back to these comments. How many times can I say RE-READ, RE-READ, AND RE-READ AGAIN, BEFORE YOU HIT PUBLISH OR SEND in any arena? Here’s how to do that…
- Once you have written a comment, before you hit send or publish, read it at least three times slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwlyyyyyyyy. I assure you, you’ll find your mistakes if you made any, and those mistakes will be your little secret to keep.
Why do I recommend re-reading at a minimum three times before hitting send or publish? Because our eyes tend to see what we intend to say, not necessarily what we have actually written down.
Try my tip above, because I am so overwhelmed at being tired of checking some of you authors off my reading list, simply based on your comments that you leave around the web. And please know, I’m not the only “reader” who feels this way. Some of you couldn’t GIVE me your books for FREE.
(I’d like to take this moment to recognize those of you who have left comments on the RRBC site or any of the other sites I might manage, and after hitting SEND you recognized your hiccup and then sent us a message, asking us to please correct your hiccup before we released the comment. Some RRBC members do this with email messages they send to me, as well. Kudos to all of you for being cognizant of having made those mistakes and wanting to correct them before they’re made public! RRBC is proud that it has taught so many of its authors and past member-authors how important having this awareness is.)
If you care about your reputation as a writer AND you want to be taken seriously as an author, implement this FREE advice into all your writing. You have my promise that your reader-base will begin to grow taller than ‘ole Jack’s beanstalk in no time at all!
Happy re-reading and re-reading and re-reading!
Do you take the time to check your writing before you hit send or publish? Have you left comments that are similar to the huge sample hiccup I shared above? What will you do going forward?
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