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The sound of the narrative #amwriting

I like this technique! I read mune aloud on the screen or have several pairs of eyes take a gander.

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Reading aloud is a great way to quickly discover the places I want to revise. I have always read portions of my work aloud, a page or two at a time. The places where I stumble are usually always the places that need ironing, so to speak.

In the past, I have only gone to this trouble with sections that I felt had some indefinable thing wrong with them. But lately, I’ve been printing out each chapter in its entirety a day or two after I finish writing it, trying to hear where the prose doesn’t work. I use a yellow highlighter on the places that feel rough.

I’m a slow writer, but I have several looming deadlines for contests and anthologies. This seemed like a good way to speed up development, getting short stories from rough draft to finished in a timely fashion.

As anyone who regularly reads this…

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6 thoughts on “The sound of the narrative #amwriting

      1. Let see. My computer had Windows 10, but I think it’s pretty much the same with older versions. When your file is open, go to “File” and then “Options.” Click on “Quick Access Toolbar.” This is where you can take all kinds of Word commands (from the left column) and move them over to display on your quick access toolbar (the right column). The one you’re looking for is called “Speak,” and it has a little speech bubble as the graphic. Note that each column has a little drop down box at the top to help search for a command. I think “speak” can be found under “Popular Commands.” The default on the right hand column is “For All Documents.” So you only have to do this once, ever! If you have any trouble, let me know. 🙂

        It’s awesome. The speaker is rather monotone, but it does catch all the little typos that we miss even when reading aloud. I read along as Word reads the story to me. 🙂

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  1. Thank you for the reblog! D. Wallace Peach – My Office 360/Word reading aloud program is broken (as Is Outlook, go figure)–so I use Natural Reader. But I am growing increasingly deaf so I don’t hear some things. This is why reading aloud is better for me.

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