The number of times I edited The 1,000 lb. Brother, Part One is absurd! All because of auto-correct. Makes me and my characters appear illiterate.
In the case of any unusual wording for future posts, blame damned auto-correct. I beg you to please tug at my shirt sleeves (if you’re in my physical company) or send me a polite email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know of this weird error. It’ll be fixed in a heartbeat.
Happy days or nights or something in between!
Yesterday, an email went out to a potential employer. It was for a journalist job. I assured the letter was error-free. This morning, I noticed one silly mistake. Where there was a “for” should have been an “of”. How could this have happened?
It dawned upon me that a setting on my computer automatically corrected the spelling. Here’s what I think occurred. While I was in the midst of writing “of”, I typed instead “f-o-[spacebar]”. The computer switched the two letters. While editing it, my eyes skipped over the “for”.
After this, I now want to see all the errors on the page. Makes it easier to edit. If you’re in the same boat and are using Mac Lion, here’s how you fix this:
- Open System Preferences
- Click on “Language & Text”
- Select the “Text” tab.
- Uncheck “Correct Spelling automatically
Nothing bothers me more than errors in a finely combed document. Does this ever happen to you? You write something, put it away, then return to it a day or so later. Edit the hell out of it, read it six thousand times only to determine it’s ready to go. Published (or sent if it’s an email), you read it one more time and bam, there’s an error. It’s so tiny yet it drives you insane. You question your professionalism.
Yesterday, while in the city I met an incredibly intelligent recent college graduate at Barnes and Noble. We spoke of arts, economy, films, TV and writing. Before parting ways, he asked if I have anyone to read my work, that is before it’s published or sent off via email/mail courier. At this point, no, I told him. I’d like to see this become manifest. This might be a good tactic for all. Someone who gives a balanced approach to the work. Shares what works and what doesn’t. Someone who won’t take it personally if the advice isn’t taken.
Beyond the irritating errors, there’s also the twisted writing. A great example is my previous post. Mid-writing that, a most triggering email came in. Why I even look at my email while writing is beyond me. But I did. I do. Taken over by rage, my writing fell apart. It was as if I took a huge dump on everything.
Writing is an ongoing lesson. You try different things. If it doesn’t quite fit, you try something else.
There’s a deep inner need to publish…right away, that is. It’s as if the idea already created in WordPress, saved, locked away from vultures, cannot remain in draft format. Why not let the idea sit there, collect a little bit of digital dust? Do I fear the idea, after a good night’s rest, will become nullified? That my Scorpio stingers will emit a toxic ray into the piece, tear it down, leave the page empty again. God forbid empty pages appear out of nowhere! Do they all need to be filled?
Starting now, that little blue publish button on WordPress will be on lock-down. I guarantee that the words before you will have sat overnight. Call it slow cook publishing. It gives my mind to catch up with my wild soul. It is my soul that writes. My mind that edits.
What has not edited though is the last bit of the unfinished screenplay titled Descent, directly below. I’ll go into an analysis on this script in a future post. Right now, I’d like to thank the Gods, the Muses, the creative forces above, below and elsewhere for aiding the scriptwriting process. Sure the concept is a bit immature but had it not been for this script, it’s likely there would be no blog. I’m looking forward to hearing thoughts on where this script could go, if anywhere. Are the characters interesting? What confuses you? What do you need more of? Ahh! Here it is…
EXT. LOG CABIN - DAY
Will lifts a floorboard off the porch. Reaches his hand
Nearby, a rifle is cocked. Kate points the gun in Will's
Looking for this?
Oh God, Kate. I was coming to look
With a rifle?
Well, that was just in case...
Kate lowers the rifle. Hands it to Will.
You see, Will, we are nothing
alike. Knowing you, you'd show up
with a loaded rifle and then blow
my brains out. Go ahead. Shoot
Will places the rifle underneath the porch. Covers it with
the loose floorboard.
No. Damian will be here soon. He
needs your help.
His friend, Charlie, got injured.
How's your aunt?
Kate withdraws a cigarette. Lights it. Takes a few puffs.
Can I see her?
We've become friends.
As friendly as you were with my
Damian pushes through the thicket. Charlie, unconscious,
draped over Damian's shoulder.
Kate runs toward Damian. The two lower Charlie to the
You should have left him where you
Did what I thought was right.
Kate pushes Damian out of the way.
Leave me. I'll be alright.
INT/EXT. LOG CABIN - DAY
Will cracks open a beer.
Damian grabs the bottle of beer from the youth.
You crazy? Kate's right outside.
Damian peers out the window. Observes Kate tending to the
So, she's a stickler. She sees you
with that beer and you'll be back
on the mainland in some sort of
I'll probably wind up there anyhow.
Will reaches for the bottle of beer.
Give me a sip.
Damian clutches the bottle as Will takes a sip.
Thirst quenched, Will takes a seat on the bed.
I need you to distract Kate.
C'mon! What the hell you gonna do?
Pay a visit to Mrs. Argrove.
No. Not while Kate is here.
You kissing Kate's ass.
I'm protecting you.
Kate rushes through the front door.
This isn't looking good. We need
to get him back to the mainland.
What's wrong with him?
I don't know. But he needs a