Ahh… technological devices designed to make our lives easier. When will I ever learn?
One of the comments from my first beta reader pointed out that I had a lot of extra spaces in the document, as well as some wonky apostrophes. (I blame the PC, as usual.) I hit Control F, plugged in the offending double space, then did a silly thing that would turn out to be my downfall: I selected ‘Replace All.’
*waits for everyone to stop rolling their eyes*
Yes, I’ve heard the horror stories. I KNOW you have to be careful when wielding the power of Replace All, yet I used it willy-nilly anyway.
Friday evening my mom began reading Flicker and around chapter 18 discovered a lot of words that had run together. I checked my THREE versions (after the backup fiasco I have a number of copies all over the place) and the errors were on my end as well. After going through the entire manuscript I determined that I’d somehow deleted quite a few em dashes–which I use a lot–and made a mess of my story. (My mom’s favorite was zoothe: zoo–the.)
I did this in the first draft too, but only encountered one goof. I changed a character’s name from Justin to Kirk, accidentally turning the word adjusting into adkirkg. D’oh!
Care to share your Find & Replace horror stories?