A couple of years ago, when I was preparing The Changing Room for publication it finally dawned on me why most writers are mad. Of course, I'd heard stories about writers who imagine aliens and psychotic wide-eyed rabbits peering out of bushes at them but I've never considered myself one of them because, as anyone who knows me is aware, I am completely normal.
However, what I have discovered whilst proofing The Changing Room is that these crazed writers are not just authors of science fiction, fantasy and obscure meaningless poetry as I imagined. They are not even affected by booze, drugs and mental illness. (Well, not all of them.) They are just poor unfortunate writers, such as myself, who have been cruelly afflicted by a terrible disease called
Typofuckitupitus. Now you may not have heard of Typofuckituptis before but let me assure you it is very real and very dangerous. Here's the definition from the Turley English Dictionary:
A disease afflicting mainly authors whereby the writer develops an inability to spell even those most common words whislt under pressure. The disease can spiral out of control so that in the advanced stages the author will become delusional and imagine mispleled words leaping of the page and slapping him around the face with a wet mackeral. In recent years, the disease has spread from the author community to the journalistic community. Daily Mail Journalists are particularly affected and a recent outbreak at The Guardian caused The World Health Organisation to issue an international health warning to journalists the world over. There are three stages of Typofuckiyuptitis:
Stage One: The author, usually under pressure to meet a deadline, starts to spel homofones and and random lenghty words wrongly. It is, however, sometimes difficult to diagnose in American writers as they spell things wrong on a daily basis. Therefore, caution must be exercised in diagoinsing American authors as they can be highly volatile when accused of spelling things incorrectly. It should allso be noted that most American authors sleep with a gun under their pillow (in case anyone tries to steal their manuscript) so editors, proofreaders and medical practioners are advised never to ring thier clients late at night.
Stage Two: The auhtor begins to spell even more words wrongly. Theise include simple words lik 2, free and fore, fhe and fuk. This inablity to spell even fhe most simpl off words cuases the writer to become mentaly unstable. Soem off the wurst cases have led to authors riping up their manyouscripts, senfin letter boms to literary agnets or microwavingt their rabit. During this stage jounrlists at the Guardian will usually be fired but at the Daily Fail they will be promted to senior columnist.
Stage Three: Thise stage is the most sevear. Auhtors beging to see typos that don't even exist. The delusons become staedily wurse until they r comparable to a heroin trip, accompanied by a bottle oaf whiskey and a large joint. When the delusions are a tthei peak auhtors beginn to to read Fift Shaeds of Grey an stab themselves repeatedly and cry "If only I had writon ths mastrepeice!"
At this stage, if the auhtors' wpunds have not proved fatal they are incarcervated in a mentall institution.
So there you have it - Typofuckituptis which as those of you ahve read this blog for a while I have been afflcited by for quite some considerbale time...
Saturday, April 23, 2016
T is for Typofuckitupitius - The Writer's Curse
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This must have taken ages unless you really are a very bad typist! lolReplyDelete
It didn't too long, Wendy. This blog is littered with typos, especially in the early days...Delete
Ha ha, this was very cute. Thanks for the laugh!ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed it, Sati. Thanks for dropping by:)Delete
I love it! I'm a full-time freelance writer in addition to novel writing and I always read back over my draft before I send it to a client. I'm amazed at the strange mistakes I tend to make. The other day I wrote "data" as "date" TWICE. I'd like to blame autocorrect but I think it was just my fingers on autopilot!ReplyDelete
Typos are tricky little blighters indeed, Stephanie. I found one in my friends book (after publication) which read "Bowel" instead of "Bowl." I had a right old chuckle:DDelete