Hello SErs. Harmony here for another Friday Writing Question. After years of reading books and enjoying so many different authors, I then began writing and publishing for myself. At some point, I re-read some of my old favourite books. And therein lies today’s question …
Can you ignore technical issues in a novel if the story is a great one?
For me, it often feels as if becoming a published writer–and going through a huge learning curve in the process–has spoilt me (to a degree) as a reader. These days, I find it incredibly difficult to ignore spelling and grammatical errors, especially if they abound. One or two are fine, of course, but too regular an occurrence, and I usually don’t manage to finish the read. I’ve seen some real gems of a book that have been ruined by a lack of basic proofreading. And that includes traditionally published famous authors. And I write this fully aware that I’m less than perfect myself.
How about you? Can you ignore the technical side of the writing if the story is a rip-roaring good one? Or does poor editing and proofreading stall your reading and enjoyment? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.