Thinking it was about time I wrote something about the writing process I asked myself what is it that helps a writer to do their own first edit?
We all try to spot spelling, punctuation and continuity errors before we send our work off but I don’t think everyone reads their written work out loud. I suppose it is easy with poetry but perhaps some folk think reading prose is boring and makes them doubt the worth of what they have written.
When we read in a familiar writing group we often find mistakes and correct them as we go along. Also, we get feed back as to whether the dialogue actually fits the character or the period, but if you do not belong to a group, what do you do? You could record yourself reading or just shut yourself away and try not to feel stupid! You don’t have to be an actor – if no-one else is listening just think of it as an alternative editing method. I believe you’ll find it useful.
Of course, nothing is as helpful as another pair of eyes!
I had two ideas this morning, one: to make some flyers to advertise my latest novel as I haven’t had any new bookmarks printed. I can take them to talks and they will be ready for the UK Southern Book Show in October. Two – I would like ” Lane’s End” my first novel to be available in large print as it was written for my late mother who only read large print books. I have seen ways to do it on print on demand but I am hesitant to go down that route. Also, I wanted a new cover but, so far, haven’t found one that is better than the original. At least it’s keeping me busy.
This time, really about folk music. The Willows in Arundel had two spotlights last night as well as a plethora of new musicians. We heard Boys Night Out, who gave us a chance to singalong and then Bamboozle -pictured. A great variety, thanks, Evette.
Tonight’s talk with the Worthing Friendship Centre is about the 1960s. an era we lived through. Married in 1966, with our first son born in 1968 it made me hunt out some old photographs. Of course they are all prints in albums. not images on a computer screen, or on a smartphone.
I won’t try to reproduce any here but I will try to recreate the fashion. I don’t suppose anyone else will, but I do have a skirt that is fairly short. The only older person who wears such short hemlines is Theresa May and I don’t think they look quite right on her, or a tubby old girl like me, but we’ll give it a go!
I’m really lost with no book on the go so I’ll clear out the airing cupboard instead. I’ve used the cover of my sixties book as an image as I know folk like pictures.