Wow …

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? 😉

3 Replies to “Wow …”

  1. *raises hand* Guilty. Although I’m not nearly as bad as Kayleigh Jamison, our editor-in-chief at Aphrodite’s. LOL! She says she gets the urge to write crit on the pages!

  2. I hear ya! I also got all critiquy-like when I got involved in critique groups and RD. Suddenly I was aware of every single detail in a story, and stopped enjoying them because all I could do was “pick, pick, pick.” It took me a while to learn to step back and enjoy reading for what it was, reading (unless the book is brutally bad!).

  3. HS: LOL. There’s been some books that nearly got red-penned … 😉

    Silma: Yeah. Unfortunately, I really can’t describe how I “learned” not to crit while reading. I haven’t a clue how I managed to turn the damn inner editor off. 🙄

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