First I joined FTHRW. Then I got great advice about craft and improved my writing. But now I am doomed to cringe. And it often comes in threes.
Driving to work, I'm listening to a book on tape, and I hear the line:
Shouldn't there be a better way? he wondered.
Cringe number one. The writing has few problems with point of view (POV). But this is head hopping, and it's distracting.
Then I realize, it's not POV. It's actually dialog attribution:
"Shouldn't there be a better way?" he wondered.
Really bad dialog attribution. So say the experts. And I've come to agree, thanks to my craft-honing at FTHRW. Cringe number two, thank you very much.
The story goes on. But then, just when I am about to be carried away again, there comes insidious cringe number three.
This book I am listening to is a best-selling vampire YA story. (THE best selling) So, I realize, writing well is not a requirement for best-selling status. Neither is editing well, apparently. And these are the people who send me the rejection letters!
Cringe, cringe, cringe. Unavoidable occupational hazard, I guess. But I forgive you FTHRW. I am a better writer than I used to be.