Forgive me Father (of writing) for I have sinned.
I consider myself a “writer” yet make elementary mistakes embarrassing myself, Butters, Airstream Bambi, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, (Amy) Tan. A missing comma here and there…well, that’s ok. Using “an” when I meant to use “and” is just plain silly. The use of the word “not” instead of “now.” Not ok!
I’m not (yes, I meant to use it here) trying to make excuses but here are a few anyway:
1. I write at the end of a long day.
2. I might need new glasses.
3. My laptop screen is small.
4. I shouldn’t lie in bed when I write.
5. I don’t proofread enough.
All of these elements can be a recipe for disaster, especially when conducted late at night. And in the morning, as I re-read my flawed post, I walk the walk of shame.
How I do I remedy this problem? I’ve thought about this and here are potential solutions.
Get a good night’s sleep and then write in the early morning.
If at all humanly possible, take a power nap.
Avoid being stuck all day in front of a screen. Be sure to get outside and walk.
Use the tools and resources available to me. Especially if they have a turquoise cover.
Run…get the blood circulating to clear my mind.
Stop, reflect, take notes. Don’t race against the clock when I write.
Forgive myself for the mistakes I make and realize that this is part of the learning process.