As we continue to be thwarted in our efforts to meet – we almost made it this week, planning to book a room for the first face-to-face meeting since March before the rule-of-six overtook us – we are trying to keep our spirits up and our brains engaged. We don’t want the ink to dry up in the ink-well or our quills to gather dust so we are setting challenges to follow at home and then share our findings online.
This month’s challenge is to find something that someone didn’t mean to say – and it’s surprising how often that happens. I have found three this week which escaped the eye of an editor:
The vacuum cleaner is fixed. The filter needed cleaning badly.
They watched as the boats went through the lock and enjoyed a picnic on the benches.
Police searched a property where the family lived at the weekend.
The idea is that if we, as writers, can spot the errors of others, we are more likely to pick up our own bloomers, so it’s READ, REREAD, READ ALOUD, READ TO OTHERS, ALLOW OTHERS TO READ OUR WORK.
The theory will now be tested.
Next month we may have a collection of bloomers to share with you – and hopefully, they won’t all be ours.