One of the problems with being a writer is that after a while you tend to 'edit' every book you read. This becomes an annoying tendency, but I have found one way to combat it.
As you know, I am a home-spinner and crafter, so obviously I find it hard to read at the same time. I have got into the habit of listening to books while I am working, and, interestingly enough, I learn as much from listening to audio books as from the written word.
In particular, listening helps me to better see the form and balance of a story rather than picking up on other things. I still find that many writers and editors seem to have a problem with the past tense, and every time they forego 'had' to replace it with 'was' I cringe, but rather than linger over it the reader moves me on with the story and I can let it go.
Obtaining audio books is getting easier and easier as you can download them and listen to them on a tiny gadget. This is one piece of technology that I love.
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||Christy Steiger from Crown Point IN wrote:
I have never considered audio books except on long trips. I'll admit I've never listened to more than just book excerts in the classroom. But NPR had a great interview with an audio book creator and some readers. It was fascinating. A couple days later, your post pops up! I'm going to check out a couple. I could sew and listen. I'm thinking that, with your encouragement, I'm going to try it!
||Anne Mudd from Wheat Ridge CO wrote:
I began to record my manuscript, to access the flow, after reading your encouraging blogs, and discovered it's not a good idea to record and have a breakdown at the same time. So this is an off issue here, Celia, but your blog absolutely has its finger on something. And as for the past tense of 'had' that word drives me to distraction. What really blows my mind is seeing 'had' in frequent use from literary editors and writers. Guess we all have our stumps though.
||Janet Glaser from Fremont MI wrote:
Celia, I too enjoy listening to audio books, but you have found a great way to enjoy "reading" a book. I know what you mean, editing as you read. While listening I am usually doing something I enjoy, so it is double the pleasure.
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