I’m not an efficient blog follower. I don’t subscribe to RSS feeds. I just circle through the various blogs I have bookmarked as the hankering to do so strikes. I have them divvied up into “Good”, “Good But Not Frequent”, “OK” and “Meh.” The good ones are ones that I know post multiple times a week and can usually count on to have something new up every day or so. (And that I like.)
I don’t know why I keep the Meh ones around. There’s one in there that annoys me almost every time I read it, but I circle by that one every few weeks or so. (I have issues.)
Anyway, one of the blogs I like recently posted about something you should not say in your query letter. And I circled back by there this morning and found myself reading that post again and realized I was in danger of doing something. Which is picking up a word and using it when I’ve just been told not to do so.
A friend of a friend wrote a book called “Conversate is Not a Word.” He told me about the book and about a day later I found myself using the word conversate. Never used it before, but once that little seed was planted – bam! There it was, wiggling its way into my conversation.
So, I have to be very careful sometimes when I’m reading “what not to do” advice that I don’t then turn around and do exactly that. The mind is a weird and twisted little place and it’s easily confused. (At least mine is.)
And I’m pretty sure there are some psychological studies on this. That people forget the source of information they receive, so they can knowingly hear something from an unreliable source, but given enough time they’ll remember the information and forget that it came from a source they shouldn’t trust.
Pretty sure I learned that in school…if not, give it a few months and you too will believe it. Haha.
Anyway. I’m off to explore my current neck of the woods for a few days. I need some new photos for the blog. Enjoy your weekend wherever you may be.
Good post and well written.
I’ve tried to squeeze the “country” out of my vocabulary, but it creeps into my writing. I recently was called out for saying “could of” instead of “could have”. It’s a phrase that’s okay for dialogue among friends, but horrible for serious writing.
I like how you organize your bookmarks. Maybe I should do the same. 😉
Haha, yeah. It’s not a perfect system, but otherwise it all gets so overwhelming so fast.
I read an article many years ago that the unconscious does not recognise the concept of negation. So it treats “Use fabulate” and “Do not use fabulate” as the same sentence. As writing is not a fully conscious act, the more you plumb the reaches of your inspiration, the more you will fall foul of the issue.
While I do not agree with everything positive thinking gurus suggest, their belief that you are better casting your changes as positives (“Always use fabulify”) seems valid.
Now, if only it were so easy…