music playing: Loreena Mckennitt’s, “The Highwayman”
For the last couple of weeks I have been fully occupied with editing my novel, “Portraits of the Living: A Ghost Story”. This has mostly entailed me studying every line with the scrutiny of Holmes with his magnifying glass, sending chapters to my wonderful betas, and fixing any typos that they found.
Which brings me to the reason of this post: those goofs you discover in your manuscript that leave you shaking your head, wondering what planet your brain had vacationed to.
Example? In chapter five when Anne is being hypnotized by Mr. Raferat, he tells her to shut her eyes and relax. Okay. But then he proceeded to take out a pocket watch and tell her to follow it with her eyes. Hmm. . .
Oh, but there’s more! My beta (who totally rocks! waves pompoms back at her) alerted me to the fact that in chapter one, the servant says goodnight to Anne and turns to leave. Anne stops her, asks her a question, and then the servant takes a key out of her apron pocket and unlocks the guest room for Anne. As my beta put it, “why did she start to walk away if she had to unlock the door for Anne?” Uhm, uh yeah. Very good question.
Okay. Fess up. What goofy goofs have you, or someone else, discovered in one of your manuscripts?