Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Constructive Criticism

Dear Readers,

This is embarrassing to confess, but it must be done. My spelling and grammar are officially Stink-O. The reason? I am not patient when I write and I tend to write and post late at night when I'm tired. Why am I confessing this? Because I'm embarrassed that my mistakes are out there for you all to read and I have been officially made aware of it by an outside source.

So now that I’ve received this constructive criticism, I’m going to take it. I'm also going to try and post more slowly so that I have more time to proof my work. This will not be easy, as I just want to get it out of my head as soon as possible. Much like a pregnant woman in the throws of labor.

However, I realize that if I want to be a better writer, I'm going to have to hone this craft more. If that means waiting and going slower than I'd like then so be it.

Just thought I should let you know…

4 comments:

Dan Mega said...

What internet browser are you using? If you go online and download Mozilla Firefox for free, it tells you which words are spelled wrong.

colleen said...

great tip Dan!

Colleen, really though, we are just glad you keep writing, so we can keep reading:) And hey, isn't that what Editors are for??? :)

Adventurer w/o Borders said...

Unfortunately, one of the mistakes was "buy" instead of "bye"; a spell checker would not have caught that. (Sorry, Colleen, I spotted the errors and didn't let you know. Wasn't sure if it was appropriate for me to point it out to you.)

I'm with Colleen (the blogger); take the time to review one's own work to hone one's own craft. There's been too many times in which I found my own writing to have unintended meanings when I was checking for spelling and syntax errors. The review process constantly improves my skill to choose the words and phrases that I truly want to use.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Proofreading my own work makes me insane. I know what it's supposed to say so my brain skims right over mispellings, poor grammar, bad punctuation, using 'there' instead of 'their', and completely omitted words. It doesn't matter how many times I read & re-read. You know when I find it? As soon as I hit publish. =P