Tag: proofreading

Pencil(s) Time

Pencil(s) Time

It is of a similar structure and a length as the previous two novels. This is also possibly the most "complicated" of the three. Indeed at times you may well also think I have REALLY lost my mind with this one. LOL!

The Machine Reads

The Machine Reads

I have used the Kindle text reader on all of my books post-publication. My personal opinion: I have always felt my novels sound better when read aloud by a woman's voice.

“You wrote here she’s brown-haired, but I thought she was a blonde?”

“You wrote here she’s brown-haired, but I thought she was a blonde?”

The term "passive-aggressive" may well have been coined by someone observing a jealous author reviewing another's work.

Chasing Our Imperfections

Chasing Our Imperfections

When you are proofing, eventually it reaches a point where you are fiddling with a sentence, a word, even a few letters. You are now zeroing in on minutiae. That is one of the toughest places to be in writing: you are essentially finished, but you keep finding "bits" that you tweak and alter. Tweaking … Continue reading Chasing Our Imperfections

Incommunicado (Mostly)

Incommunicado (Mostly)

[Whispering] Ssssh. All of you out there, please, if you'd just keep it down a little. I'm editing and proofreading. So no post today. Although, yes, come to think of it I suppose this qualifies as a post. However, let's not quibble over technicalities. 😉 I just need to concentrate because I'd like to get … Continue reading Incommunicado (Mostly)

“Author Terror” Makes Its Appearance

“Author Terror” Makes Its Appearance

Over the last few days, as planned, I've spent hours proofreading and tidying up Distances. Headphones in, listening to it as I read along, it is remarkable how hearing your written words helps you focus while you proof. It does make it easier to spot not only the likes of accidentally omitted words and typos, … Continue reading “Author Terror” Makes Its Appearance

Reading As A Reader

Reading As A Reader

I'm trying to have another light day. It's the weekend. And it's Sunday: However, yesterday I started giving Distances a read thru. I plan to continue today. It's now nearly 90,000 words and maddeningly close to being completed and read in full by someone other than myself. Writing a novel is not just about the … Continue reading Reading As A Reader

The Harshest Critic

As I mentioned the other day, my harshest critic (Mrs. Nello) is now reviewing Frontiers: "Patricia Hall-Surrey? Oh, please. Seriously? You're EVIL!" She grinned mischievously as she said that to me. That character's name contains an obscure personal reference, and she'd caught it immediately. And it is hardly alone in that among the 95,000 words … Continue reading The Harshest Critic

“Good grief, that’s just embarrassing….”

Writing, you are your best critic in some ways. If something bothers you as you re-read, it's definitely not quite there. As in everything in life, listen to that little voice inside you. I had a moment like that yesterday. It was only a few lines, but it just didn't read quite as I wanted. … Continue reading “Good grief, that’s just embarrassing….”