IWSG Monthly Post: Writing Pet Peeves

 

Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) Monthly Post: Writing Pet Peeves

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeWhat are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

 Sound.

I can’t deal with certain noises when I am trying to focus on written words, whether I am reading them, writing them, or editing them. I need to be fully immersed in the story, and when I hear people talking or music playing, I just can’t focus. It pulls me right out of the story. Reality slaps me in the face.

Some writers go to café’s to write. I can’t unless the place is empty and there are no people talking in it. I can maybe think of one time I wrote in a café.

Other’s put music on while they write. Now, if I am driving or running, music can help me think of a story, but as a soon as I actually sit down the write it, the music goes off.

The worst, though, is when I am fully immersed in a story and then someone walks in to the room and asks me a question. My brain just shuts down completely. I forget what I am writing, and have not clue what the person said. We both get frustrated. That person thinks I am ignoring them. I am mad that I lost my immersion in the story.

The conversation never turns out to be a pleasant one.

I have other pet peeves, but they have more to do with the stories themselves. I can’t stand it when dogs and cats die in books. I drive myself nuts when I catch my self switching tense five times one page. I hate it when I find myself aimlessly wandering I and stories world without any direction.

Still, even though these things annoy me, none are as bad as someone asking me if I fed the cat when I am in the middle of an epic battle, or worse, a love scene.

 

Published by Sara

Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When not lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Their first novel, Power Surge, was published in October 2018. Find Sara's words at https://saracodair.com/ and @shatteredsmooth.

8 thoughts on “IWSG Monthly Post: Writing Pet Peeves

  1. I’m ok with noise when I’m writing, and love to have music on in the background. However I hate noise when I’m editing and get really crabby if someone tries to talk to me while I’m doing it 😀

    I think my biggest peeve when I’m actually writing is having someone behind me, even if they’re not looking at what I’m doing. I hate the feeling of being watched when I’m trying to create!

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  2. I’m very lucky. I was raised in a family of five. Younger brothers and sisters so I learned to shut the world out. I can concentrate in a crowd. I don’t hear a thing, and people will talk to me and I don’t even hear them. Family gets very frustrated with me. 🙂 But it’s really a blessing.
    But to sleep – total darkness and complete silence, please! LOL

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