|Baxter liked her couch...|
She'd printed some pages off so I could mail them out, and I (as always) was insecure about them. While she shuffled around her house (unloading dishes, cleaning, taking care of dinner, etc), I read the first two chapters out loud to her. This is good for me because I always need practice reading out loud, plus, maybe someday I'll get to read at a conference, or book tour, or...a middle school. (Wait, I've done one of those now!!)
When she finished her chores, she sat on her couch, I sat in other one, and she took over reading.
|This was from Week 2|
Crazy thunderstorm hit, it was safest to stay
When you have someone read your work out loud, you truly hear how someone other than yourself reads those words. The type-os are easier to find, and you can truly hear if your narrator is coming through the way you want them to.
I still recommend this exercise if you can find someone to read for you. It's a new kind of terrifying.