In the throes of writing a scene, I sometimes create sentences that startle me later. For example, in the book I just finished editing,
I found gazillions of typos that interrupted the flow. Most of them resulted from rewording of sentences, leaving dangling pronouns or misplaced modifiers, but a few were “I-should-have-known-better” misspellings.
Top 10 Typos
10. Thanks for the Sweat Pea.
9. He followed at a discrete distance.
8. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to be live?
7. He worried about population and overcrowding of the plant.
6. She looked at him in remorse. “Sorry I bit your head off.” She swallowed.
5. But suddenly my objections silly. What do you think?
4. She shook her head and dropped it into a baggie with all the others she’d been saving.
3. The crystal shattered. His frantic gaze swept the floor.
2. She blew her nose, discarded it in the kitchen, and stood in the doorway.
1. A giant claw rose from the pit of her stomach into her throat. In her whole life, nothing like this had ever happened, nor had she ever heard of such a thing happening to anyone else.
I wrote the last one a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to describe a physical sensation associated with an emotion. Just goes to show you.