Painful or simply complex?

Editors are amazing. Fabulous. Brilliant. I got my copyedits back yesterday and did a quick initial runthrough of the suggested changes. There were many magical changes that the wonderful Melissa wrought in order to shine up my manuscript to a bright polish, but among them was a subtlety that has escaped me through all these years of reading and writing:

torturous: causing torture; very unpleasant or painful; painfully difficult or slow.

tortuous: marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns; marked by devious or indirect tactics. (Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary)

Kiiiiind of an important distinction.

Happy writing!


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