How’s it going? Yesterday I noticed something interesting that I think will help you a lot with your writing (fiction, email copy, what-have-ya), depending on what you’re facing.
Let’s get to it.
I live in a house in the country. It’s nice, and I don’t know when it was built (’50s or ’70s, I thought, maybe earlier).
It’s got two stories, and like 99% of two-story houses, it has a staircase (with stairs of course) that connect the two floors.
There’s wallpaper in the stairway area, and most of it’s smooth, so it’s no problem. But on one part of the staircase’s wall, it looks like the wallpaper was stretched over some wood or something. What’s underneath pushed the wallpaper out so it’s not flush with the rest of this wall, but it’s not broken or anything like that.
And since I know less than nothing about construction (other than houses are built by people out of neat stuff), I have no idea why this is.
I do know that this is like writing.
When you’re writing fiction and copy, sometimes things just don’t flow right. That’s why a good something to do (that I know I need to do more of, you know how that goes–I use my own spoutings for inspiration), is to read out loud.
More than once.
Maybe in front of someone else, so they can hear you.
So you can pick up the verbal clangs. And the bumps, and the weird stuff that sounded fine when you first got it down, but sounds odd now.
Just like there’s a place for major overhauls and sweeping edits, there’s also a place for tiny tweaks and smoothing out.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you need (and that led to another couple of revelations about editors and their work, which should be the subject of another post).
That’s all for now, though.
If you have experience with tiny edits and fixes (or houses with weird-looking walls), drop me a line in the comments.
Tomorrow is Triple F. Be sure to stop by.
Until next time,