At my latest critique group meeting, we exchanged ideas on different ways to view writing passages to identify all the items that need editing - the first or second time through, rather than waiting for the seventh round. This discussion was not about the long list items different authors read for during the editing process (everything from spelling errors to logic flaws), but rather the physical techniques used to get different views of the written word.
Can you guess how many different techniques we identified?
Here they are:
- Print the document and read it on paper
- Read it out loud
- Ask someone else to read it to you
- Have a software program read it to you
- Short stories - read from back to front one sentence at a time
- Short stories - read each sentence by itself, in random order
- Novels - read from back to front one paragraph or one page at a time
- Novels - read each paragraph by itself, in random order
- Download to an e-reader and read it there
Do you use any of these techniques? Do you use any techniques not listed here?
Charlotte Phillips is the co-author of the Eva Baum Detective Series, 2009 President for The Final Twist Writers Group and contributor to multiple blogs. Learn more about Charlotte and her books at:
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