Good morning everyone! Kacey here again, coming to you a bit cranky, so tired, and very sick. It’s been a long week for me. I’ve been locked away in my house thanks to the flu/cold that decided to take over my life and hold me hostage. From shakes to chills, fever, six now empty boxes of kleenex and enough cold meds to knock out a horse, I’m still dealing with everything a week later. I ventured out yesterday for the first time, and feel just as bad as I did when it all started. I should have just stayed home.
Anyway, I learned something this week … not a great idea to write when sick. And thank
goodness for first drafts that can be bleed red with edits and can be re-written if need be. I did attempt to write about mid week and wish I hadn’t bothered. Upon reading over the 5 pages I wrote, it surprises me how sloppy and blah it is. I blame the cold meds. And the fever. I mean, I’m a great writer, I know what I’m doing. But all that went flying out the window apparently. The number of “that”, “ing words”, cliches and uses of a couple repetitive cuss words is astonishing. Even a few run-on sentences worked their way in there as more rambles of confusion. I’d laugh if I wasn’t so appalled at myself. I don’t even recall writing some of those sentences! My first drafts are usually lax with perfection, I admit that considering that’s what self editing is for, and my first drafts are more to get the story out of my head and worry about the little things later. But this is ridiculous. I blame the Muse for not stopping me in my tracks.
An example … “his head spun around, his mind scrambled with the ramifications of his situation.”
I mean first of all, OUCH!! His head spun around… ??? When did the exorcist leap into my story? And his mind scrambled…??? Like what, scrambled eggs?
Sigh. See what I mean? Things like this are better left finding their way to the trash bin and staying there. As much as I’d love to be really inspiring with today’s post and give all authors sterling advice of something grand, this cold/flu has held on so long now, I’m just one large rambling mess. But if you take anything away from today’s post … give yourself time to recoup after being sick before writing anything worth publishing. *g*
Oh! My doctors are here now. I need to follow whatever orders they give me.
Until next week,