Thursday, 6 February 2014
the writer's edition: month 11 check-in
Yes, it's happening! Monday's was a great success, adding new material and rewriting the old. I've discovered that if I adopt an English accent and read my work out loud, it's much easier to edit than when I use my own droning Aussie drawl (luckily nobody knocked on my door as I was working!). I do actually think this is a really good tip for other writers. I know people say to read your work out loud, checking for flow and clarity, but a different accent adds another dimension - go on, try it some time and let me know!
Kinder is on again tomorrow and I'll do another mad dash home to get back in front of the computer. I have just over 30,000 words to go - editing included - but I'm feeling more confident that the overall shape of my manuscript is coming together. It's been helpful to have time away from the work and come at it afresh. I'm still continuing to read as much as possible, finding that there are tips in every novel - a code behind the story if you like - depth of character, sentence structure, continuity and so much more.
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