Verb Tense Whiplash: A Random wRiting Rant

Past-Present-Future-neon-sigWith lots of reading comes lots of rants, I guess.  So, another rant thanks to my current reads. 

If you’re interested in what I’m reading, check out my Goodreads widget to the right.

Anyway, I am currently reading a really sweet New Adult romance book (once again, author and title shall remain unnamed).  I love, love, love the story so far.  The plotting and characterization are brilliant and beautiful.

The whiplash I’m getting from flipping back and forth between past and present tense is not pretty, however.

Let me clarify, this is not due to flashbacks or any such thing.  The author flips from present to past to present tense in the same sentence.  This is another self-published read.  I know self-pubbed editing budgets are often limited but this is a glaring mistake.  And it doesn’t happen occassionally, it happens constantly. 

Here’s an example of what the past, present whiplash is like (not an actual example from the book):

I walk into the room and tripped on the edge of the carpet, falling onto my face and crushed my nose.

OMG, it’s painful and hard to read.  I love this book so I will read on, but seriously, self-publishing authors, please, please, please offer your grammar nazi friend a case of beer or something to read through and red-ink your manuscript.  These are big, glaring mistakes, not like a random missed comma or the rare typo.  This can kill your chances of a reader finishing your book or ever reading another one of your books.

Cheers and kisses,

Heather

 

Editing and Self-Publishing: A Random wRiting Rant

Writing rant - Self-Pubbers please editI was going to start off my first “real” blog entry on this blog with a post about inspiration and story ideas, that being the first step in this journey of writing a book.  However, I was reading a new adult book for my book review blog,

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and by the third paragraph on the first page, I’d already noticed several grammatical errors.  The book is self-pubbed, so I’m willing to overlook a few typos and errors.  I’ve been through the self-publishing process with my brother’s stories.  I did the proofreading and editing and I know how hard it is to catch all those tiny typos.  However, as I keep reading, this book keeps getting worse.  (I shall leave the book unnamed and the author anonymous, cause I just don’t roll like that.  I’m a good girl, I am.) Continue reading

A Brand New Blog

Welcome to my new blog.  I’m starting a new journey, writing in a new genre with the intent to publish and I’m really excited to share the process.

Fireworks About Me

I began writing at the age of 14 under the encouragement of a marvelous high school English teacher.  I’ve continued to write in the years since and have dabbled in almost every genre of fiction out there.

I haven’t really tried to get published, writing more for my own enjoyment and as a creative outlet, but recently, I discovered the New Adult fiction genre.  The books I’ve read by authors like Tammara Webber and others have fired my imagination.  I’m eager to write and share my stories. Continue reading