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Giving a story a breath test

We’re making progress on several fronts. Plotted out the next section of Crossed Swords and worked up a plot for the secret project while I was at work today. So, while no “words”, there is now forward movement on both projects.

Then came home and edited the first 36 pages of Pearls of Darkness Affair. Hopefully, I’ll have all the edits done by Friday and then I can spend Sat/Sun getting them retyped and do one last “vocal” pass before sending it off.

With my short stories/novellas, I definitely like to read them out loud as a form of editing. If sentences sound stilted, if you have trouble getting phrases out, if you simply run out of breath between periods, then you may want to find a better way to present that thought. I learned that the first time I tried to do a reading in public and realized maybe pearl divers had enough oxygen in their lungs to say a couple of my early sentences, but I didn’t. Ever since then, I try to ensure my stories are readable vocally as well as visually.

Onward and upward!

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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