Tonight, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Valor Author Lollapalooza Book Launch
A world of difference…
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
6 Rio Grande Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
Meet authors Michele Ashman Bell (Young Adult-Coming of Age/Romance), Tristi Pinkston (Mystery/Comedy), Karen E. Hoover (YA Fantasy), Daron D. Fraley (Speculative Fiction) and Kimberly Job (Romance) and check out their books!
Today's crunch is all about voice. Not Point of View or getting inside the character. It's about YOUR voice reading YOUR ms OUT LOUD. To SOMEBODY.
AT NO OTHER TIME DO I CATCH SO MANY MISTAKES, MISUNDERSTANDINGS, UNNECESSARY WORDS, REPETITIONS, INFO DUMPS, OR PLOT HOLES. AT NO OTHER TIME DO I SEE SO CLEARLY THE PROPER INFLECTIONS, THE CHARACTER'S TRUE VOICE, OR WHEN THINGS ARE HOPPIN' VS. WHEN THINGS ARE DRAGGIN'.
Hmm, I have something with CAPS today. ANYHOOO...
When I am reading a work to someone, a few things happen:
- I am very aware that the person listening will have opinions about what I am sharing with them.
- I CARE about those opinions more so than when I was writing the story.
- I really want this person to hear what I am sharing in the best possible light, and UNDERSTAND.
And yes, if I forget my gratitude for this process I can so easily get defensive. But we've been doing this enough now that it seldom comes to blows. Or uncomfortable silence, anyway. We've just learned what to expect. If my sister lived closer, I would probably more often use her. But like I said... Wyoming. So my husband gets the job!
Try it! Even if you can't find a listener, read it out loud. You will still catch so many things the eyes miss on their own.
And that is our Tuesday Edit Crunch for this week! I want to open my window to the fresh spring air and hear a low murmur, voices of writers reading their WiPs aloud... Oh BRRR it's COLD out there. I'm closing the window, but you get it, right?
Have you put this to the test? Leave a comment!
Watch out for the the K's, they're especially crunchy.