Writer’s Craft #120 Editos
Your host, Lynda Williams, is the author of the Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). She also works as Learning Technology Manager for Simon Fraser University and teaches an introductory web development course at BCIT. For a list of Okal Rel titles see: Lynda Williams on Amazon.com.
Do you commit editos? They are like typos, but instead of typing “the” for “she” the resulting mess is due to splicing incompatible sentence constructions.
Here’s an example from Part 9: Holy War, in my ten-novel series The Okal Rel Saga.
Herver hadn’t held out much hope of spiritual influence working against hard core fanatics like the followers of Dod, but it had been the only way he could think of to helping when the fighting broke out.
Knowing me, I suspect I began with:
It had been the only way he could think of helping, when the fighting broke out.
And then changed it to.
It had been the only way he could think of to help when the fighting broke out.
Or tried to! My brain thought I was finished before my eyes confirmed the job.
The most maddening thing about editos, for me, is that I introduce them when improving an earlier construction. And they seem hard to spot on proof-reading. After discovering a few of these in the first five chapters of Part 9: Holy War, post inputting my editor’s feedback, I’ve asked for the MS back as laid out for printing to do an extra anti-edito pass.
Grr arg! Do you suffer from editos, or is it just me?
I’m considering the possibility it is my brain (or my flying fingers) that need fixing.