I just realised I’ve read about twenty books this year. Yeah, I know, it probably doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you consider last year I read about 24 and the year before, probably less than 10 … it is.
See, after becoming involved in critique groups and perfectionistic writing communities, I got to the point that I couldn’t read anything without critiquing it. I mean that quite seriously. And we’re not talking just plot and content level critiques, we’re talking “OMG! WAS! HAD! WEASEL WORDS! EEEEEEVIIIIIIILLLLLL!!!!” type things. (And let me tell you, it drove some people around me stark raving nuts.)
Now … well, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read a book like a pure “reader,” without noticing craft details like plot twists, characterisation flaws, weak dialogue, and so forth; that’s normal. But to be able to actually read a book without mentally red-penning every other line … *bounce*
And I’ve gotta ask … am I the only person who’s run into this problem? Or are there others with hyperactive, overperfectionistic Internal Editors out there, too? 😉