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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Tardy

I'm getting slower and slower at this writing malarkey. I start to write a post and then I can't stop re-drafting and editing. In the last week I have written three posts but not been able to bring myself to actually give up editing them so I can actually post them. I've rewritten the next installment of my camper van story about nine times now, over about three weeks, and I'm still not quite there with it yet. I started off all enthusiastic but now can't bear to look at it again. I've been taken over by a bossy grammarian. Oh no! Will I ever get my youthful just put it out there old self back? Tips please.

Meanwhile I won't let myself re-read this, so here it is warts and all.

16 comments:

Mary Witzl said...

Eryl, just think of Lord Nelson ready to smash the French fleet: "Never mind maneuvers -- always go at them." That's what I tell myself. If I dicker around with things for too long, I never end up getting them done. Besides, you can always go back and tinker with something later. Good old Nelson -- he didn't have the luxury.

I know what you mean, though. Life was a lot of fun back when I was impetuous and had no sense of accountability.

debra said...

I also have a bunch of posts in the draft folder. Or maybe I should say the daft folder. I probably should, in the words if the Nike ad, "Just do it!"

I agree with Mary. Now that we're grown-ups...........

Eryl Shields said...

Mary ~ you're right and I know it and I've always been the what the hell sort. Perhaps I'm just going through a phase.

Like the word dicker!

Debra ~ it's easier said than done though, isn't it?

Carole said...

I like your warts and all.

Kim Ayres said...

You're among friends. We'll forgive sloppy comma use.

Eryl Shields said...

Carole ~ you are so kind.

Kim ~ I know, but I can't seem to. I think I might force myself to do a daily post on anything that comes into my head to try and get over this.

Conan Drumm said...

Its ok as long as your apostrophe takes it's rightful place! :)

Mary Witzl said...

Yes, I agree with Conan: sloppy commas are absolutely fine -- creative, even. But apostrophes are something different. Those have to be kept under STRICT control!

(See, if I start thinking about commas I'll have to stop writing...)

Eryl Shields said...

Conan ~ so explain to me exactly what an apostrophe is and how to use it.

Mary ~ it's those commas isn't it, they can be used in so many different ways, there are no rules to blissfully (unthinkingly) adhere to? I'm finding it's the same with full stops too. The meaning changes depending on where you situate them, and what am I trying to say, exactly?
What are your thoughts on question marks? And exclamation marks? Also, there are dashes, brackets and the colon family. It's a minefield!!!

debra said...

I agree about the apostrophe's :-)

Conan Drumm said...

See, Debra just did a wrong un, like my ones. But posessive singles and plurals (especially ending in s) are where the apostrophe sorts out the men's from the boys'... so to speak

Eryl Shields said...

Debra ~ :)

Conan ~ Apostrophes are like right and left for me, I know where they go in theory but I always get them wrong, especially when I'm typing. They stand out with quite some violence when other people get them wrong though. It's its own worst enemy the apostrophe, so bossy and so establishment.

Kim Ayres said...

Now it's the semi colon I've always been on edge about. I frequently use it in order to challenge myself. I'm determined one day I will be as confident with my semi colons as I am with my apostrophicities's'

Eryl Shields said...

I believe there is a movement in the US dedicated to banning the semi colon. What madness! I always used to get into trouble for using them in undergraduate essays, but now whenever I use one I get a big tick; they're not as emphatic as full stops but have more weight than commas, that's how I always think of them.

Conan Drumm said...

The thing with semi colons is never to irrigate them completely.

Eryl Shields said...

Irrigate them?