Instead of blogging, this last month I've been spending a little more time with my monsters, as well as the unofficial child of our household (the husband). But I couldn’t resist joining in with the IWSG on their monthly blog hop. They are a wealth of information on all things writerly. I highly recommend any of you lovely writers to take a look at their blog posts and get involved. ISWG post a question the first Wednesday of each month. If you'd like to get involved and sign up (why not? You've nothing to lose!) click here. In the meantime, take a look at IWSG's Captain of the ship/Master of Ceremonies Alex J. Cavanaugh and this months brilliant co-hosts: Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner.
This months question is: what are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
I thought I'd keep it simple write a list of my top nine pet peeves (because ten would be typical, and I'm feeling rebellious).
1) When my entire house turns into a noisy gamer’s den-come-TV show home… ‘put the fidget spinners and games controller down and get outside and play, kiddos. Mum is trying to write!’ (Parenting fail, I know.)
2) When I'm in the midst of writing a nail biting, tummy-twinging scene, and I run out of coffee. Java-junkies, know my pain!
3) When I think the latest pages I’ve written are good, only to read them the following day and be left wondering whether I had some kind of mental, schizophrenic episode during my last writing session.
4) When I read another author’s work that I adore, and awe turns into that naughty little tyke, envy. And envy leads to the biggest pity-party known to humankind. I am not Neil Gaiman, and never will be. Get over it.
5) When I fail to find a major plot hole and my loving husband points it out, laughing. You win this battle of one-upmanship, Mr. Fitzpatrick, but the war isn’t over.
6) When I think my kids are settled in bed and I sit down to write, only to have mistaken their silent serene sleep for a midnight bedroom-wall colouring session.
7) When I wakeup with an excellent idea and plan to write it down later in the day, and I either forget what my brilliant epiphany was or I’m exhausted and fall asleep, dribbling on the keyboard.
8) When I struggle to write even basic sentences, and it takes me a day to figure out how to eloquently write that John did a poo… just kidding. None of my characters poop on the page, they prefer taking their toilet-breaks in private without anyone reading about it.
9) When I edit and decide to change a tiny detail at the beginning, only to realise that the tiny snowball of a detail turns into a giant avalanche of plotlines by the end. It’s time to crack open the Rocket coffee and get shovelling through.
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