Reading for pleasure.

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

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How do you turn off your internal editor when you are reading for enjoyment?

That’s an interesting idea. Not that I might have to turn off an internal editor, more that I actually possess one in the first place. As I’ve said many times before, editing and the rules of grammar are a complete mystery to me.

I rely on some clever software and a very good editor to wrangle my work into some sort of readable form.

I think that makes me a lot more tolerant of any faults in other author’s work. Through bitter experience, I understand that a typo can remain hidden through multiple edits and only appear once the book is actually published.

I digress.

I read really quickly, I always have. Because of that, I tend to miss a lot of typos and other errors in my haste to get to the next chapter. Especially if there is a lot of action.

To spoil my enjoyment of a story with bad spellings and/or grammar is therefore quite a big job.

But it can be done, there are a couple of books that were so badly written that I had to force myself to finish them. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that the story concept was so original, it was a shame that they were let down by the lack of care in the finished product.

Especially when it’s so easy to correct and upload a new version of the book, yet people don’t.

Therein lies another dilemma, do you tell the author or not? And how? I don’t mean publicly, in a rant or a bad review but privately and politely.

I’m digressing again.

Basically, if I’m reading for pleasure, I try to appreciate the story. I’m not an editor, and as the owner of enough of my own typos to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, I’m not in any position to complain about the sort of things that can plague most authors.

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4 Responses

  1. Samantha J Bryant

    I was an English teacher for many years, so I’m afraid I’m tuned in to spot errors. That said, it takes A LOT of them to pull me out of an otherwise good story. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

    • Richard Dee

      I do notice more now that I’m aware of the fact that they exist in my own work.

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