I have a terrible confession to make. No, I didn't pull some giant con job in Las Vegas where I passed myself off as Lady Fiona Weathersby and separated wealthy middle-aged men from their money. Though now that I think about it, what are some of you Pens doing next weekend? Hmm....
|Seriously, if any of you can rock an English accent, call me|
Nope. This is worse. I can never remember how to use lie/lay.
Yes, I know one is a transitive verb and the other is intransitive, but I can never remember off the top of my head which one is which. Does my character lay the book down or does he lie it down? Hell if I know without looking it up.
And then comes the past tense confusion. The past tense of of lie is lay, and the past tense of lay is laid. Or is it the other way around? I don't even want to get into past participles.
The result of my confusion is that no one in the first drafts of my books ever puts anything down. Assumably all of my characters walk around with full hands and giant pockets. They sleep upright like astronauts.
It's not until I get into revisions that they can relax. That's when I pull out my big ol' spiral bound desk reference and go to work. You would think that by now, after dealing with this issue hundreds of times, I would remember which verb is which. But no such luck. I suppose it's just the way my brain is set up. I can remember all the words to Total Eclipse of the Heart but not this.