Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blog Chain: Speak up


Cole has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the links in the blog chain to share their words of wisdom with other aspiring authors. Sounds easy, right? Well, there's a catch.

Cole says: "Pretend you are addressing a crowd of aspiring authors eager to soak in your words of knowledge. The problem is, you've only been given a time slot of five seconds. In one sentence (no more than 20 words), please summarize the most important words of wisdom you can impart. You can elaborate and address questions only in the comments section."

Sandra gave great advice before me.

Here's mine: "Read your stories out loud."

Now, check out what Christine has to say.

16 comments:

Sandra said...

Concise advice!

Eva Gallant said...

Stay true to yourself.

christine said...

GREAT Advice!

Shaun Hutchinson said...

I totally do this :) I helps me find trouble spot or stuff that starts to sound strangely rhymey.

Michelle McLean said...

good one! It really is amazing how much hearing your story aloud helps. Great advice :)

KM Wilsher said...

oooo, I love it!

Cole Gibsen said...

That's such a good one! It's amazing how something as little as reading out loud can make such a big impact!

Nisa said...

That is great advice! I find when I do it, I make far less mistakes grammatically and in flow. I just need to do it all the time now...

Sarah Bromley said...

Excellent advise. If you stumble over something while reading aloud, you might stumble over it during silent reading, too. And it helps you catch errors you might otherwise overlook.

ElanaJ said...

Very important. :)

Rebecca Knight said...

Argh, I still have yet to do this with the whole book, and am dreading it. Great advice, and I should probably get cracking on that ;)!

B.J. Anderson said...

This is really awesome advice. And something I do on a regular basis. I need to get one of those programs that reads it out loud to me. That would be cool.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Short, sweet, and to the point - love it!

bloggingexperiments said...

It is AMAZING who differently your work reads when read aloud. This is excellent advise, Kat. :)

Annie Louden said...

I always forget about this, but you're right, it makes a difference.

Mandy said...

Reading aloud really does help. When in doubt, read it outloud. If it sounds awkward, it probably is...