Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

a typo

 

Friday is here at last. I have been editing my last book and I am constantly amazed at how stupid I am when I’m in the writing zone. Words fly like the wind when I’m working on a piece and, unfortunately, at times when I go back I have to scratch my head and mumble to myself, “what was I thinking.” I thought the words all came out right the first time. Yet here I am faced with what would be my version of the dead sea scrolls to interpret. I might as well be in some dusty tomb with a spyglass and a flashlight as to be sitting in front of my computer. I write a thousand words a day and the work boils down to about eight hundred understandable. So my editing is all about the dreaded rewrite. The story line is good, the characters solid it’s just I can’t understand what the hell is going on with words like gret, sid, ot,form,laght, sotp, saop etc.  Today’s JohnKu (a term coined by Words 4jp) is a reflection of my thoughts today. hope you like it.

 

Typing by John W. Howell Copyright 2015

Typing is God’s gift,

To save us from handwriting . . .

Typos Devil sent.

22 comments

  1. I do the ‘form/from’ all the time. Maybe it’s just a few bugs in the mental system since the words are so similar. For me, the issue is that I’m already thinking of the next word or two as I type the previous one. So the wires can get crossed when I’m focused more on telling the story than grammar and spelling. Good luck.

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    1. I think you hit on the basic issue. I wonder how speech to text would work.

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      1. Not sure. Being a fantasy author, the systems hate me. They try their best, but words like ‘drite’ and ‘Aintaranurh’ force me to type.

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  2. That always happens to me when I write longhand. With that, I think faster than I can writer so words get left out. I’ve spend many a time scratching my head over old journal entries wondering if the event I’m writing about made me happy or sad. I can’t tell because too many words are missing 😉
    And one of the “joys” of NaNoWriMo is deciphering all the typos from writing at almost breakneck speed. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to edit my first drafts.

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    1. I agree with you. For me the edit part sucks.

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  3. LOL, John… I feel your pain. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks. you as well.

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  4. Feels so good to ‘talk’ to other writers. I’m impressed with your 1,000 words a day and am on that quest/goal also. I don’t count the words I edit out after, though. 🙂

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    1. I don’t edit until it’s over. So I guess I do count them. I don’t count blog posts or e-mails though.

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  5. Tired sloppy cursive would mean no story at all. Everything looks like waves..
    Nice haiku. Happy Friday!

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    1. You too and a great weekend

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  6. Me too. Maybe we need a support group and federal funding.

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    1. sounds good to me. I’m all for federal funding as long as they don’t screw it up…hmmmm maybe not.

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  7. I so relate. My fingers sometimes have a mind of their own and come up with nonsense and gibberish. 😀 😀
    Your JohnKu speaks the truth.

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  8. I can certainly relate to this week’s Johnku John. The editing is where the work really begins, at least from my experience. Happy Easter.

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    1. Happy Easter Guy

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  9. John, I find the same thing when I re-read my writing later, some times it is the brain working faster than the fingers, other times it is a key I pushed didn’t register giving me some weird words. LOL

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    1. Like the cap key. How may i’s are in there anyway.

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  10. Sounds like you’re doing it right, John. I’m trying to break myself of the habit of cracking out only ~100 perfectly spelled words..

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    1. Boy….maybe that would be the ticket. Thanks

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  11. I’ve done the same thing – editing and wondering what the hell I’d been trying to say.

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