Fellow writers, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re looking at your manuscript covered with line edits by your editor and you come across something like this:
could feelfelt . . .
And you stare it. Really? Really? I wrote “I could feel” when I could simply have written “I felt”? What was I thinking? Why is my editor a better writer than I am? Gah!
And then there’s this:
I could still feel the warmth
ofwhere his thumb had been1
I wrote “the warmth of”? I’m, like, the WORST writer ever. I totally deserve all the paper cuts this stupid manuscript is giving me. Every single one. Even the one across my nose. Maybe especially the one across my nose.
- On her forehead, okay? Don’t go thinking rude thoughts. My fairy book is very chaste. [↩]