Friday, 23 January 2015

Little details

There's still time to enter this competition and be in with the chance to win £500 and a place on an Arvon course.

Top tip - write competition entries far enough in advance that you have time to leave them for a day or two and read them through just before sending them in. I did that with my entry and found one silly typo and that I'd managed to spell one character's name wrongly on two occasions.

Do such details really matter? Well, if two entries are otherwise tied then the typo free one will have an advantage, but it's not just that.

Look at the picture. It's OK, isn't it?

Can you see something sticking out of the horse's back? It's a telegraph pole. And what's that black bit right at the bottom? Neither totally ruin the photograph, but they're a bit distracting once you've noticed them, aren't they?

I'm declaring this 'find and fix a typo Friday'.

18 comments:

  1. Ah but you have an expert tutor when it comes to photography.

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    1. I do, Maggie! (he's also quite good at spotting typos)

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  2. as though you can find all the typos. I'm finishing my fourth pass of a re-pub, and finding issues with the corrections from earlier passes. Alas.

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    1. Finding all our own mistakes is almost possible, Mac - but as you've seen, leaving the work and coming back to it does help.

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  3. Sounds like a good idea. :) As for as messing up character names, in one of my WiPs I had mixed up the two boys' names at least twice. Lol. (Two boys because there are two girls, no love triangles.) ;-)

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    1. I recently called the bad guy in my current WIP by the name of the bad guy in an earlier novel, Rachel. Fortunately I spotted that one.

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  4. The only way I can find ALL mistakes it to read it out loud, over and over until I have no voice left :0)

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    1. Readi aloud is really helpful, Carole. It's good for finding repeated words too.

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  5. I can't see the telegraph pole. Now you really have me worried. And what's wrong with the horse's foot?

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    1. The foot is fine, Frances - the light from behind has made a kind of halo from his feathers, that's all.

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  6. The problem with typos is that other people's leap off the page at me but it's really difficult to spot my own mistakes. I check, and double check, but they still sneak through.
    Photos are easier to correct - hooray for Photoshop!

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    1. Other people's mistakes are indeed much easier to spot, Linda. I have some great writing buddies who look out for mine as I search for theirs.

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  7. I would have no trouble finding and fixing typos in some of my manuscripts, I'm sorry to admit. The horse looks like he's waiting for someone to hop on and take a ride

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    1. I think he was hoping for apples, Oscar.

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  8. I always like to print my manuscript out, even after three or four edits I can usually find something at fault. I have a terrible habit of writing 'form' when I mean 'from'

    Good look in that competition!

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    1. Printing it out can help, I agree Maria. So can changing the font - anything really which encourages us to take another look and see it a little differently.

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  9. I'm far too last minute at times, so that's a timely reminder, thanks!

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    1. I usually leave things until the last minute too, Rosemary - I'm trying to be a bit better organised as I'm sure it'll help my results.

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Thanks so much for commenting!