Joe’s Post #132
As Silk posted in her blog, she got a chance to read her novel out loud. Well, the first 10 pages, anyway.
Pretty terrifying, but it also got me thinking. (Originally written as … “it also got me to thinking”.)
I remember someone said you should always read your work out loud. It might have been one of the gurus at a writing conference or maybe the McDonald’s drive-thru guy who loves my Mustang, but someone said it… and you know what? It’s good advice.
The reason is that there’s a flow to language that’s hard to get when you’re reading it in your head. Even harder when you’re reading your own work in your head while drinking a glass of wine and listening to “If I Had A Rocket Launcher” in the background.
I have, therefore, officially become a fan of reading your own writing out loud. Man, can you ever tell when something doesn’t work. It’s like a misplayed note. Or a fork in the eye.
We can catch a missed word, a wrong tone or slip of voice, or an awkward sentence.
All sorts of things.
It’s like having a copy editor right inside your throat. (See, that sounded totally way better in my head.)
It can also help you spot when something’s dead boring. Or identify when your POV shifts. Or hear when dialogue sounds like something that’s written instead of spoken.
It’s really remarkable. It’s like your brain works a whole different way when you’re speaking and listening.
I know I will.
In the meantime, something fun.
It’s Gilbert Gottfried reading 50 Shade of Grey, and that means, NSFW. Seriously, seriously, seriously NSFW!!!
You have been warned.
Best show last week – Not the Walking Dead. Not Better Ask Saul. Nope. I binge-watched House of Cards. OMG, brilliant. Has anyone else seen the show? It’s an amazing example of having us root for a horrible human being because he’s opposed by even more horrible people and/or events.
Book that I’m reading at the moment – Almost done. Brent Weeks. The Way of Shadows. Again, a book I’d recommend.
Pages written on new book – Got 10 new pages written, but Paula’s right, we’ve lost our mojo.
Social media update – 1 blog every 2 days on my step-dad site about my experience as a chaperone on a grade 7 camping trip. My readership and loyal fans continue to grow. However, I think I’ve lost the “I love camping” crowd.
Health – Well, now I have an ear infection. Sigh. I even went to the clinic and waited for 3 hours to get some meds. I hope to be better soon.
Best thing last week – I got a chance to marathon House of Cards.
Worst thing – House of Cards ended with a cliff hanger! You bastards!!!!!!