4/6/10

Has your WIP had a physical lately?

After having a Critique Doctor review my WIP (btw, Diana liked my new piece), I found it suffers from a few common illnesses.  My WIP is like an old bag lady that hasn’t had a physical in twenty years; some of her ailments are creepy.  Here are a few things your doctor might check for:

rhinoredundancy virus [rahy-noh-ri-duhn-duhn-see] noun
any of a varied and widespread forms of a word responsible for many redundant uses, including the common repeat.

Most of the time, I catch and correct this mistake before I send it out for review.  It’s something I do ALL THE TIME with a really obvious/descriptive word or verb.  It’s quite comical now how often I do it.   But I also have my favorites:  feel, like, look.
                                              


tellyngitis [tel-uhn-jahy-tisnoun Pathology.
inflammation of the telling, often with accompanying sore dialogue tags, hoarseness or loss of show, and dry story.

Need I say more?

swinetense flu  [swahyn-tens] noun Pathology.
a highly contagious form of verbs caused by infection unable to filter the past, present and future virus first isolated from swine.

This is a new illness that has been popping up.  Like most pieces, my WIP narrative is past tense and my dialogue is present tense.  But lately it’s been all over the map.  I can only guess it’s coming from all the books I’ve read lately in first person.  My WIP is desperately trying to be in the present.  If it becomes a problem, I might have to revise.

rheumatoid edititis [roo-muh-toid][ed-it-it is] noun
acute or chronic inflammation of a WIP joints, often accompanied by pain and structural changes and having diverse causes, as correcting of writers tell, information deposition, or loss of MC voice.

I get this every time just before I send a chapter to my critique partner, which I don’t mind.  Usually it’s been awhile since I wrote the chapter and it gets it first real edit.

writer’s blockkemia [blok-kee-mee-uh] noun Pathology.       
any of several cancers of the muse marrow that prevent the normal manufacture of word and thought cells and platelets, resulting in nothing, increased susceptibility to taking a break, and impaired word clotting.

See this is what happens when I have time away from the computer (aka vacation, kids out of school).  If I’m not writing every day, I lose my momentum, my mojo and the MC’s voice slowly slips from my memory and I have trouble getting started again.

What does your WIP suffer from?

8 comments :

  1. Ouch! I think my WIP may suffer from a few of those ailments. Fun post! :-)

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  2. Hilarious. :)

    My WIP is currently suffering from writer's blokkemia and probably some minor rheumatoid edittitis. Gaahh!

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  3. These were great! Lately mine had an attack of rheumatoid edititis. I ordered rest for it immediately.

    Thanks for the definitions, they were adorable. (And so is your blog!)

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  4. lol. love those.

    I suffered from "I couldn't help but..." syndrome. I had to cut it out of my MS like twenty times.

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  5. Very clever - I suffer from all of these things as well. Some are more chronic than others. Your lucky you've got Diana on your side though - she'll cure what ails you.

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  6. So funny! Oh, mine is very much affected by all of these!

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  7. Probably all of the above!
    Thank goodness for readers and editors!

    Al

    Publish or Perish

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  8. Shannon – What’s even more painful, is all the other problems my writing has I didn’t list.

    Dominique – glad to give you a giggle. Blockkemia, it infecting mine too.

    Jackee – Rest is good. Rest gives clarity. Glad you like my vocabulary lesson and my blog. 

    Karen – Oh, not good. Of course, I probably have a signature phrase I’ll notice from my characters now that you've pointed yours out.

    Mary – “Clever girl Clarice.” Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Dr. Diana will fix me right up.

    Betty – Mine is too and then some. Oy vey!

    Al – Yes, how blind I am until my crit buddy points it out. Sometimes it’s comical how much I fudge up.

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