Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, folks. Sorry about the delay with this one. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been busy, busy, busy! Without further ado, this week’s inspiration:Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.

This quote is by Patricia Fuller. It resonated with me because, in addition to finishing a first draft and releasing a novella this week, I’ve been pouring over galley proofs for multiple books. So, I’ve been in uber-edit mode.

I chose it because it made me laugh. While I might do a happy dance when I finish a draft, I would never waltz out the door in my underwear. And I’d never proceed to publish anything without editing. (How embarrassing would that be?) I’ve been known to write some doozies. Every now and then I put one of my boneheaded mistakes in my Facebook Group (Staci Troilo’s Novel Ideaclick to join us!) and share an embarrassing mistake that I’m thrilled to have caught in editing. One of my recent ones is “tattoes” instead of “tattoos” which resulted in some silly foot-themed comments.

What about you? Have you ever published without editing? (Please tell me know no.) Do you have any funny errors caught in revision? Maybe I shouldn’t ask, but… do you waltz outside in your underwear? Let’s talk about editing in the comments.


And now, this week’s industry links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

19 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. I can honestly say I’ve never published anything without having it go through a professional editor first, but sometimes even then the occasional mistake slips through.The bane of all writers!

    And no, I haven’t waltzed outside in my underwear. Even in summer, that would probably be too cold, LOL!

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    • EVERYONE makes mistakes. Even with editors. NY-pubbed books have typos. But that’s why I (an editor) always have people review my work. No such thing as too many eyes.

      I don’t like to be in my fenced-in backyard in my swimsuit. You’d never catch me outside in my underwear! (And I live in the south—weather isn’t the deciding factor.)

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  2. As you may know, I am Italian. If you didn’t, knowing that I am related to this story.

    I used to work at a Jewish newspaper. One of my duties was the weekly obituaries.

    While typing one obituary, I wrote that the burial was at the “Sons of Italy” cemetery. I read and reread that obituary several times and never caught my mistake.

    Luckily, my editor caught it immediately, and made the correction to “Sons of Israel “ cemetery.

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  3. It is only since I started writing seriously that I understand why authors and composers say on their death beds ‘burn the manuscript of my last novel/symphony…’ their dying regret being that they had not finished editing.

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  4. Great post, Staci! 😀 I’ve never waltzed outside in my underwear but have left for work in my slippers … and only noticed once I tried to understand why the car pedals felt all wrong! Good luck with your editing – sounds manic! 😀🌺

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