I'm in editing mode, so naturally I'm getting all these story ideas. Heh, that's how it goes, it seems. My brain will do anything but what it's supposed to do.
I've mentioned before that editing is the skill set I feel weakest at. (With the possible exception of endings) I don't know why, possibly laziness and possibly sloppiness, but I just seem to gloss over my mistakes when I'm re-reading them. I wish I didn't. Sometimes things will jump out at me, obvious mis-spellings and the like, but too much seems to...slip by me.
This is where another set of eyes is invaluable. But what do you do when you don't have anyone to critique your work or, just as important, possibly, you want to hand over a document that is as clean as possible?
I think that reading your story aloud is the best way to catch typos and especially, bad dialog and descriptions. Reading a whole novel aloud takes a long, long time. Trust me, I know. I read Angel Odyssey aloud once. That's 140k+ words. But it works very well for short stories.
This isn't new, original wisdom, I realize. But it's something simple that I need to do more often
I'm a lightly-published author with several novels completed and I hope to have them up on Amazon shortly.
|Mark Andrew Edwards||