In my first novel, Head Injuries, a character’s eyes change colour. People who start a scene drinking from a bottle of cider end it by necking beer from a can. A car taken from an alleyway becomes a different make and model by the time it reaches its destination. It was a supernatural novel, so I can kind of get away with some of that. Eye colour change… woooh, spooky. But I obviously hadn’t been paying attention to the details. I was young and excited by the fact I was writing a novel; I was into the story, to the detriment of the little bits of decoration I was hanging from it (but what’s my proofreader’s excuse?). I’m sure I’m not the first, nor will I be the last, writer to suffer from this sort of… oh no, I did it again!
The main character in Loss of Separation can only wear jogging bottoms because of his injuries… so why has he just turned up wearing a pair of jeans? Oh well, at least these days I’m noticing continuity errors like this.
I’m not sure how many people are out there reading this blog (not many, I reckon), but a couple of writers have been in touch to tell me they’re finding it helpful and/or inspiring. Which makes it all worth while. Thank you.
Listened to: Soundtracks