May 4, 2007, Newsletter Issue #109: Read it back to me

Tip of the Week

Take the time to read finished scenes aloud, possibly into a tape recorder, so that you can hear their rhythms as a reader would. Note as you listen to yourself:

*Does the dialogue sound like something real people would say?

*Is the pace of the scene too fast or two slow?

*Do I provide enough narration between lines of speech so that the reader understands the conversation?

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