Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reading Out Loud

A mantra in my writing classes—"Read what you write out loud." Of course I'm thinking of small pieces or a short story.

from The Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

"Buy a tape recorder, and when you've done all the rewriting you can stand, read your book out loud into the little microphone—yes , the whole book. It will take you seven or eight morning sessions, but it will be worth it. When you listen to yourself while reading, when you play back the words you read, the sound of your characters and their world will come to you. You will understand how you want Aunt Angie to sound. You will see what is missing from those scenes on the street. You will remember birds and transistor radios and the blustering walrus like attitude of the surly man who saved your protagonist's life."

He goes on to say that you'll pick up on things you missed and "you will detect words and phrasings that are wrong... and you'll become aware of giant plot gaffes."

If you enjoy short stories—
Fifty-Two Stories

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