In The Can
I’ve spent considerable time looking like this, over the past week. Headphones on, listening back to the stories I’m working on.
Reading your stories aloud is a terrific help when editing – you are forced to read what’s actually there on the page, rather than what you think you’ve written. It’s also, in my opinion, one of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve received and given. But recording what you read, and listening to it back, can be just as valuable, from a point of view of flow, rhythm, structure, imagery (probably everything); again you ‘see’ the story in totally different medium. It can be a proper test of whether a story works or not.
Happily, one of them does, or at least will do very soon. The other’s not so compliant, despite excellent help from readers Kat and Sheila. I might be forced to abandon it. To be fair, it was the first thing I wrote after being poorly. Perhaps my mind wasn’t where it should have been. Ho hum. Some you win, some you lose.
And while I’m on, here’s a writing blog I’ve meant to link to for a while – it’s Woman Rule Writer’s
and it’s great.