A couple of offhand comments become themes. Serious scenes become funny. That flash of brilliance that you clutched to your bosom and beamed over is now "confusing, vague, are you high? why do you keep dropping shite like this right in the middle of otherwise decent stuff?".
I have a few writing tics that are PRONOUNCED in early drafts.
- Longgggggggggggg sentences
- Word repetition of words while writing words
- Pronoun disagreements. "He reached out with her arm" :facepalm:
- And I have become the easiest target a couple of homophones could ever hope to find. You know, if they were sentient and cared about making people use them.
So buckets of thanks to my betas, for looking past my unintentional tense shifts, fragmented sentences, tangents and tragic authorial breakdowns, to find the story. And, kisses and virtual chocolate for telling me what the story I wrote sounds like outside of my head.
Betas, I adore you.