What a Headache . . .

Theatrical masks

Oscar Wilde said he took out a comma in the morning and put it back in the afternoon.

Long before I devoted endless hours going back over and over what I’d written, I laughed at that quote.

No longer.

I’d recently completed another chapter in my wip and begun another, but something nagged at me.

I went back and read until I found what was bothering me – a paragraph I’d revised for the third or fourth time. I’d thought I finally had it right, and with a sigh of relief, continued on.

But well into the next chapter, I still felt that annoying little nag. Something about that paragraph was off. Was it distracting? Did it shatter the mood?

I don’t consider myself a perfectionist, and I certainly don’t check what I’ve written  against a rule book; instead, I must be satisfied that the sentence or paragraph flows with the rhythm in my head.

And that paragraph didn’t.

So here I am again, going over ONE paragraph that I can’t seem to get right. aaarrrgggg!

Do you ever have that problem? If so, what did you do about it?

Brenda Hill


Filed under Craft of Writing, My Blog, The Publishing Process

2 responses to “What a Headache . . .

  1. Libby Grandy

    Yes, and my solution — I deleted it. lol


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