Sometimes….you might just plop gibberish upon the page.
When I’m in the zone, I type around 100 words per minute. That’s not elite status, but I’m definitely moving. My brain, however, is processing the story much faster. Passages aren’t necessarily being fed to the page in order, and oftentimes, sentences aren’t landing with the words in their intended sequence. It’s a bit of a wires-crossed thing that requires some adaptation, patience, and editing.
An unfortunate, though sometimes hilarious consequence, is some serious gibberish. Although it breaks my rhythm, I usually delete these things immediately because they’re too horrid to live on the page another moment. However, since I started this series of Casualties posts, I’ve decided to save some of the better ones as examples of just how wrong an experienced writer can go.
As always, I’ve created some definitions, and the correct words (if I’ve deciphered them) follow that.
Hiuefully – a well-saturated color
Initiatititive – making the first move on a sexy date
Tjamls – beasts of burden that tjaverse the djesert
Habyart – a question posed to the entrants of rural art shows: “Habyart?” “Yessaidoo!”
Consticuous – something stuck to the wall and definitely out of place
Priviledge – born with the right to stand upon the precipice
Viluminous – an evil glow
Predigestion – what happens to chewed food slathered in saliva
Predamentary – the basics for stalking prey
Harbordence – a thick fog hanging heavy upon the docks
Trhaventily – seriously, I got nothing here. A flower? A kind of fancy silk lace?
Sometimes, the context of the sentence helps, which is how I determined Habyart was January (my right hand was one key off). Other times, you look at a word and think, I kinda like that. So, viluminous, an evil glow now has a place in my manuscript. And occasionally, you type out Trhaventily and just shake your head as you delete it.
As you can see from this post, we’re always going to have mistyped words, but I hope it also illustrates how inspiration can come from anywhere. Good luck with your writinkf!
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© Michael Wallevand, August 2021