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Rewrites, Edits, and Best Friends by Merwin Severtson

Updated on May 7, 2010

Scratch & Sniff

I mean like... dang!

You go back over your old stuff and you say to yourself (at least I do), "...why didn't I see that the first couple of times I proof read that? If it was someone else's stuff I would have caught that the first time through." (though I usually don't mention it).

And why should it be months or years later when I catch it, instead of just a couple of minutes, or at the most weeks?

Seriously... the reason is, I (we, if you like to write too) am present in what I am trying to say. I am actually in the process of saying (writing) it, I am inside it speaking out. I think I am clear, I don't see the potential for confusion or misunderstanding, while I am "in" it.

I do a similar misexpression of meaning while talking, just not as much, nor as often. When I write however, this shortcoming lingers like a bad "scratch and sniff" encounter from a magazine.

You've probably been there, you see the merchandizing photo, you go, "yeah that looks macho" (or "cute" if your a girl) you scratch it, it seems to smell good, so you wipe the page on your hand and you think you're cool... until your "real" friends ask, "is that you that stinks?"

Well it certainly is not that severe when it comes to the written expression, mine or my friends, and especially my friends. When I read other people's material I am not very critical when I am reading it, I simply want to enjoy what they wrote, and after all the person didn't ask me to critique it.

When I go back and look at some of the things I put to keyboard and posted... I go, what was that? That stinks! I just wish I would be my own "real" friend sooner.

Scooter, is my best friend... she either says, "its good", "that needs fixing", or she fixes it. Sometimes she says it stinks... but when she says it, its in code, "You can't post that."
Scooter is my best friend.


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    • Roger Crigger profile image

      Roger Crigger 7 years ago from Northern Idaho

      ......Then there are the times when I will read an article that I wrote or a comment that I posted to another writers article and I say, "what the heck was I thinking?" Or I even have occasions when I absolutely DO NOT remember writing it? Yeah, and I don't even drink or take drugs so I have only me to blame. I think that happens when I really don't have anything important to say, but I want to say SOMETHING, so I wing it without any real belief or reason to post it? Probably a sort of vanity I suppose. I AM however loving your articles Merwin... and I'll remember posting that!

    • skepler profile image

      skepler 7 years ago from North Idaho

      I think you hit that one directly on the head. Amazing and profound way to put what most of up writers feel and experience into words that we can go, "wow I know what that is like".

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific great powerful hub work thanks

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Great little hub, I am sure so many will relate. Welcome to Hub Pages. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.