Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Craptastic Meter. Do you have one?



I was rewriting my first chapter, which of course is daunting since the balance of all humanity rests on it. Okay, well, maybe not. But it feels that way.

So a fellow writer who's been donating a little of her Beta-reading time tells me, "Send over your new chapter. I'd love to read it."

I write back, "I'll let it sit for a day or so. Then I'll reread it. And my Craptastic Meter doesn't go off, I'll send it over."

And that's when I learn, "Oh geez. I have a Craptastic Meter. It goes off all the time. It's fueled by a clear mind, a good night's sleep, and an absence of excessive caffeine/stomach viruses/the occasional glass of wine."

I also knew I couldn't possibly be this witty in my adjective discovery, and of course it's in the Urban Dictionary.

So. How's your Craptastic Meter working today?

18 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, Craptastic Meter. I love it. Since I just finished the latest round of edits on my WIP, the Craptastic Meter is swinging wildly between 'okay' and 'full of it'. Once it has a chance to calm down, I'll send the work out for beta reads. Here's hoping my readers' meters don't go off.

Linda Kage said...

Craptastic Meter! What a great idea. I think mine was on the blitz yesterday. Read over my work; thought it sounds pretty darn good. Then got some sleep, read it again, and wow. Who wrote this crud?

Kirsten Lesko said...

"An absence of stomach viruses..." LOL!

Yes, I have a craptastic meter. It has a lot of foresight, though. I know without re-reading how craptacular a scene is just based on which draft it is.

Nobody ever sees anything before about the 5th or 6th rewrite. I just can't take the response to really rough stuff.

Elana Johnson said...

Mine is hovering in yellow. I feel like my WiP is on the verge of derailment and I don't like it. I want to go back and "fix" everything so it stays on track, but I know I'll only screw it up more. Le sigh.

Tahereh said...

hah!!

oh gosh.

i think mine goes off too often.

hehehe

great post!!

lbdiamond said...

LOL! The important thing to remember about the Craptastic Meter is that it needs frequent re-callibration. At least once a week, if not daily. ;)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Yay, I finally know what to call that sinking feeling I get at certain points in my MS.

the cautionary tale said...

well I don't have a craptastic meter but as the mayor of Sucktown, I should

lexcade said...

mine typically dances between, "hey, you've got talent after all!" and "if you ever show this to anyone, the computer will blow up in protest." it depends on the day and how much sleep i've had. i'm a lot harder on myself when i'm sleepy...

Deb Salisbury said...

Mine is broken. Le sigh. I loved my fourth novel, and my crapometer stayed green - but no one else seems to like it. I'm stuck in the middle of the fifth one, and way into the red zone. Blast!

Danyelle said...

This meter always shoots over to red after I send it to my beta readers. >.<

Bee said...

My craptastic meter is spinning inconsistently. Sigh.

My poor, poor WiP!

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Ahhh....*says in awestruck voice*The Craptastic Meter. Legendary tool, that. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that you've got one built-in, cuz, verily, it'll tell you the truth. And I HATE it when that happens! It went off for me about two weeks ago and I had to slice away about 2,500 words. Ouch!
Oh! Left you a "Creative Writer" award over on my blog! :):)

Kat Harris said...

Is that what that noise is?

I thought I was developing tinitus.

jbchicoine said...

That's funny--I can't tell you how many times I'v re-read my stuff the next day, and thought, 'I knew I couldn't be that good.'

Lydia Kang said...

Here's to hoping that all your CM's point to green! Mine is hovering in the puce region. Which isn't good.

Terresa said...

Craptastic meter, I love this!!!!

New to your blog & loving it in every writerly way possible.

Write on!!

Lydia Kang said...

Hey Terresa, welcome!!!!

 
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