Monday, December 13, 2010

Slip of the tongue cutting through the tale

Words and conversations can sound so epic on the page. Flowing with a humour and ease that just sounds awesome. You can sound so smart, witty or wise. But you know what, try saying it out loud and you sound like a tool. 

Soul Bound was written as a gift with myself and my friend as the main characters. Yesterday we actually read through the conversations acting them out. It was hilarious. But more importantly it made me realize something just in time for Soul Bound's first indepth round of edits. My conversations are either extremely cliche, simply bad, or too mortifying to ever be able to say out loud seriously. My entire story needs work. But you know what? Reading through it helped. Why did I never consider doing it before? 

So I think when each story reaches editing stage I might actually grab a friend or two and read through the talking. See how well the conversation truly flows. 

So tell me my genius writer buddies, when editing how do you decide what stays and what goes? What needs work and what sounds truly awful? 

1 comment:

  1. I've heard that reading your work aloud helps with pacing and flow, but for some reason I haven't done it yet. I plan to and maybe I'll recruit some friends to act it all out. It sounds so fun!. You're lucky your friends are so supportive. :)