Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
A Tip on Self-Editing Your Book
posted by Ed Farber on April 20, 2013

A Tip on Self-Editing Your Writing

David Sedaris, best-selling humorist, offers a suggestion in an article by Kristin Hohenadel to help writers discover errors in pre-published manuscripts, something every writer, pro or aspiring, must do. ( http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682768/say-it-out-loud-how-david-sedaris-makes-his-writing-better?partner=newsletter ) His is an unusual idea and that is to read your writing to an audience. He does it regularly now and even has a following that attends his public readings prior to offering his work for publication.

However, the practice of reading your precious words aloud will work even if you read it to yourself, your spouse or special friend. When you do, you tend to notice typos, repetitious words, awkward phrasing, many little things that may go unnoticed when you skim-read your manuscript. Reading aloud makes you focus on every word, and that’s a good thing.

Sedaris circles the things he notices that need editing as he reads. He’s even developed a kind of shorthand note-taking that helps, since if he is reading to an audience he can’t take timeouts for more complete note-taking. We—you and I—when reading aloud can take the time to make the correction on the spot or make a note in the margin.

Try it. I did and it certainly helped me especially in my dialogue segments. With so many complaints out there about the poor writing in many self-published books, it pays us as pros or semi-pros to present our work in the best form possible.

 

 

 

 



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