Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite books as a child. One of the things I have always remembered Anne Shirley saying was:
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
It’s been my writing mantra for a while now. Each day can be both literally as well as metaphorically a blank page, which is good, as every day I find a few new mistakes to make.
So, these are the mistakes I have made this week!
- I called one of my characters Ellie. I always confuse the names Ellie and Evie (my daughter has friends called both and I can never remember which is which!) Half way through Chapter 6 Ellie went out of a room, and in Chapter 7 she came back in called Evie. That one was easy to solve – I changed both Ellie and Evie into Emma, which for some reason is much easier to remember!
- Chapter 13 was just a big mistake from beginning to end. I started it, hated it, deleted it all and started again. I needed a character to show up who had no reason to be in the scene at all, I came up with reason after reason for him to visit, none of them plausible. I was tearing my hair out. I went to bed, woke up the next morning, and realised that if I had him call the heroine’s mobile it meant he didn’t have to be there at all but could still have the conversation. Problem solved (and it’s a good job I’m not writing a historical).
- Biggest mistake of all? Apparently it was National Writing Day today and I’d never even imagined there was such a thing. I should have done something to celebrate – some writing, perhaps!