I have distributed my latest novel to many different readers. Some that I am very familiar with, and some that I hardly know. While searching for a manuscript that had been distributed I ran into the young lady that was reading it for me. “I told my husband,” She began, “that you’re just as bad a malaprop as he is!” Then she laughed.
In the time of getting feedback on your novel there is no time for feelings to get involved or twisted into the work you have spent so many man hours over. You have to accept the honesty of the reader to help make your work one that will resonate better with the masses that will hopefully be reading your story.
I was so embarrassed that I didn’t know what a malaprop was when I had to ask, “What’s that?” It was one of those saddening feats where you feel that you will never be good enough. This young lady is an avid reader, and a highly intellectual one at that. She proceeded to tell me that she loved the work, but it had it’s errors. I know it has errors it was only the second draft! Why I decided to have readers look it over at only the second draft is beyond me….No it’s not. I tend to think that my work is different. My work doesn’t require an editor or some outside influence. This sort of thinking may explain why my first two books were only published by Publish America.
Luckily for me, being a malaprop isn’t so bad. You just have to use a dictionary (much like any one else) in some very specific cases. Oh and having an intelligent reader or editor is a great key to this as well. None the less, I felt completely incompetent once I had come to understand the meaning of this word, and knowing that it pretty much meant you weren’t intelligent enough to tell the difference between two words.
Here’s to many other self realization facts in the near future!
|1.||the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, esp when creating a ridiculous effect, as in I am not under the affluence of alcohol