Today I'm over at Just Romantic Suspense talking about the differences between mystery and suspense, especially in the romance genre. I'm giving away a copy of Finding Sarah to one commenter (and if you have already read the book, I'm happy to gift it to someone you choose should you win.)
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I print the entire document, because your eye will see things differently on paper. I change the font, again to fool the eye. To save paper, the first time I tried this, I printed the manuscript in 2 columns and found that added yet another piece of eye-trickery. You're not reading across long lines of print, and your eye will pick up even more since nothing is laid out the way it was on the screen. I also reduce the font size slightly—my intent is to read this like a book, and books have smaller type, so it's not something totally out of the realm of what I'm used to.
Then, as I read, I go through catching things that I've missed when I've re-read scenes during the writing process. The different layout makes new stuff jump off the page. I can catch flow errors, overused words, and places where I can't follow the dialogue. It's easy when you're writing it—you know who's speaking—but going back later, it might not be clear, and if it's not clear to me, then a reader will definitely have trouble.
I don't do revising on this draft. I make notes for simple changes. If I find something that needs a more in-depth look, I write it on a sticky note and put it on my idea board, since these are things that usually require a global search.
For example, one of my sticky notes for this manuscript (and I'm only halfway through) says "too many redheads with freckles?" which is something I can search for when I finish this run through the manuscript.
Another thing I'm looking for is a scene (or scenes) that aren't working. These I'll fix in revisions. Right now, I have "Scott locked up? Storage closet? If so, rework trap door discovery scene."
And if you know anyone interested in a workshop on Point of View, please point them to the link in my sidebar. As of Friday, I didn't have enough people signed up, and unless there's a minimum number, they'll cancel the workshop. Thanks!
Tomorrow, my guest is Shelly Bell, who's talking about learning all the "other stuff" that goes along with writing a book. Be sure you stop by.
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