Editing AidMay 13, 2009
Yesterday, Lala and I made ourselves hysterical with laughter. I was literally out of my damn mind, tears rolling down my face. Funniest thing I've heard in years. It all started with the Best Joke You Can Play On A Writer.
Lala: I could sneak in here and change all the names of your characters! Find and replace! Suddenly your main character is named Evelyn! And you don't know why!
Rachael: [It takes me a minute to get on board.] I hope you saved my file as something else first.
Lala: Of course. And then, I could add adverbs! Lots of them!
Rachael: Silkily. Creepily. Scurrilously!
Lala: I could find and replace every "He said" with....
Rachael: "He whispered!"
Lala: And every "She said" could be "She shrieked!"
[We are by this point almost on the floor, slayed by our own wit.]
Rachael: "She shrieked, she shrieked!" HAHAHAHAHA!
Lala: And then, oh my God.... Then, I could find and replace "He nodded" to....
Rachael: "He took off all his clothes!"
Lala (choking): I'm so sad I missed April Fool's!!!!
Rachael: What if I sent that version to my agent? Pay it forward! Then the next thing I send her would be so much better in comparison! Let's do it!
There you go. Now you know what to get the special writer in your life for their next birthday! Help them with their manuscript! They'll thank you in the long run. For sure.