Process, Tools, Uncategorized

Editing? Let your computer read to you.

One of the best ways to edit your writing is to read it aloud. A member of my writer's group suggests an improvement on the technique: have the computer read to you while you follow the text to check punctuation. Both Mac and Windows operating systems have this feature under "accessibility" options. On the Mac,… Continue reading Editing? Let your computer read to you.

Process, Tools, Uncategorized

First draft finished; now the work begins

I completed the first draft of my novel, Sins of Omission, two days ago -- 74,000 words across sixteen chapters. Now the real work begins. As many a teacher will tell you (less politely), the first draft is drek. My first four pages already look as though a chicken stepped across it after wading in blood. That's okay. It's… Continue reading First draft finished; now the work begins

Process, Uncategorized, Writer's clubs

The value of critiquing the work of others

My writer's club holds one meeting a month devoted to critiquing the work of fellow members. The process is good for the writer, of course, but it's also valuable for those who participate. During this week's meeting, a writer submitted four chapters, one of which was a long internal dialogue. Along with several others, I… Continue reading The value of critiquing the work of others

Process, Uncategorized

I get my best ideas while walking

As I explained in an earlier post, I do my best writing in the early morning. When I'm finished, I put it aside and do something else until the following morning. I walk two miles each day, weather permitting. Since beginning my novel, I've found that this daily forty minute constitutional gives me ideas that… Continue reading I get my best ideas while walking