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Although the Insecure Writer's Support Group has been going on for a few months, this is my first post with them, and I have a confession. Yes, this confessions may shock and amaze you (Yeah, right!), but here it goes. I'm not . . . perfect.
Phew! There, I said it.
Yeah, yeah, I know. No one's perfect. Hence why we probably need the support group, right? But the problem is that I feel like I have to be perfect. Why? Well, because I'm a writer AND an editor. You know what I fear about being both of those things. Typos. Yeah, I said it. I'm afraid of the "typo." I'm human, far from perfect. I don't know everything, although I like to try, but I'm afraid a typo can destroy two careers with one mistake.
If I have typos, then I'm not only a bad writer but a bad editor and vice versa.
Oh, and I have had typos on this blog, even in published stories. I still cringe from them. If I miss something, I do beat myself up for it for days, weeks, months! Oh, who am I kidding? I still feel bad about them. Sometimes it gets to the point where I'm afraid to send my work to my critique partners. They are great people. I love them, but I'm afraid that if they find a typo (and they do happen), then they'll wonder what kind of critique partner I am to them, what kind of editor I am. I'm not even sure I want to mention that I'm a freelance editor to agents and publishers that I hope to query one day for the fact that if I make a mistake, then I'm bad at writing AND editing.
It's a lot of pressure, especially for something as silly as a typo.
Do you worry about such little things as a typo? Or are you more big picture worriers?