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How reading aloud improves my writing

Reading drafts out loud is one of my favourite parts of the writing process. Doing so wakes up different bits of my brain, gets senses and body involved too. It releases the story or chapter from internal processes to external reality. The words and sentences which sound one way in my head sound altogether different when spoken. Whatever I’ve made is revealed for what it is. Only by speaking a piece will I hear its voice. The rhythms, pace and tone are likewise made real. I discover whether my writing excites me, whether the sparkle-magic happened and the story has come to life. Reading aloud requires attention to every word and punctuation mark. Everything I forgot to mention, shortcuts and

2020: my year of the magic word

Normally, each year, I project manage myself. The results have been mixed. As 2020 starts, I'm queasy about setting priorities and success factors, milestones and deadlines and specifying outcomes. Bleurgh. Simplicity, reflection, inspiration, that's what I'm after. I'm hoping a single word might do the trick. Focal words can be mantra, or lucky word, a personal in-joke or whatever tickles Gonzo (my creative mind). Easy-peasy: find a word that feels magical or meaningful, something to become or make or remember. I can keep it for a day or for as long as it works. Mr Google suggests that I pick the word that pops into my head, clearly knowing less than he'd like about what goes on in there. H


Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.


You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

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