Monday, October 3, 2011
A former judge once said he found it difficult to enjoy reading. His training in the law made him dissect every word.
Several weeks ago, I asked a question at the end of my post about whether or not typos, misspellings, and other mistakes ruined the reading experience. Most people noticed the mistakes, but forged ahead. Some found it almost painful.
When I attended workshops and read craft books, my errors stood out like a huge ink blot. My observations weren't limited to my work, but also included the many books I read. I chose to overlook the minor annoyances and shut down the internal editor. If the problems overwhelmed the story, it became almost impossible to keep reading.
Once I understood some of the mechanics involved in writing, my appreciation for a well-written book and great storytelling skyrocketed. When the author's story world drew me in, it was nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Question for Writers: Has your knowledge lessened the pleasure of reading a good story that isn't well written? Do you edit as you read?
Question for Readers: What makes you throw your hands up and quit reading a book?