Overshare from an Edit


I thought I’d overshare this by reblogging it at the meerkat colony.

Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

In a novel I recently edited set in 1930s, the main character asks another to stay in his home with a young girl while he is out, and is asked what they should do:

‘… “I don’t know,” he said sardonically. “She’s a girl. Overshare your feelings.” …’

Me, as editor: It is a good line, indeed. However, the word apparently dates from internet and social media times, so doesn’t quite fit the period.

Author: I did check the origin of the word (I was curious, myself), and it seems to have popular roots in the early 1800’s, as well as a strong reassurance in the online age.

I did more research without running to earth the earlier roots, but I did find:

1. Webster’s Dictionary Chooses “Overshare” as the 2008 Word of the Year.

     2. Described as “beautifully British”, the “subtle yet devastating” put-down “overshare” was today…

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10 Responses to Overshare from an Edit

  1. Sometimes it may be right, but not right.
    Perception by audience/reader/word of mouth is everything. Sure sounds modern.

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  2. I’d have taken your advice. I thought oversharing came from using social media 😀

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  3. Colonialist – I didn’t know you edited books. If I had known, I would have sent mine to you. I don’t know how you do it. I did my own, and it almost killed me, I like the idea of “oversharing your feelings.”

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    • colonialist says:

      I do indeed. As far as editing my own goes, I have discovered that editors need editing by someone else. No matter how carefully done, one often somehow reads in one’s own work what one expects to see rather than what is actually there.

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  4. I spoke on the other site

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  5. Scottie says:

    I left this comment on the source blog. “No , not if I was paying you. Why pay you for the job you are doing , that I felt you were the best at so I hired you, and then not take your suggestion. 🙂 Hugs” Hugs

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