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Sometimes My Job Is Kind of Weird...

I finally finished my massive rewrite of the contemporary fantasy I've been working on.  It was a tremendous amount of work, deeply wrenching at times, and deeply satisfying at others.  In a way I was taking an old book and grafting a new book onto it.  

I let the manuscript sit for a little over a week, and now I'm polishing a bit.  And sometimes when I polish, I read the book aloud.   Why?  Because it's often the best way for me to experience the book, to check it for awkward wording, for overused phrases, for anything that might jar a reader or put off a potential editor.  It's a technique that works well for me -- I recommend it.

But it's a little weird sitting alone in my house and reading aloud.  It's even weirder when my kids and wife are home and they constantly think that I'm talking to them or that I'm on the phone or that I'm having a conversation with myself.  ("Dad's finally gone off the deep end...")

Anyway, that's what I'm doing this week.  I'm reading to myself.  Out loud.  And for what it's worth, I like the book a lot....

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coppervale
Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's a good sign you're liking it, David... ;)
davidbcoe
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, James. I hope so. I'm usually a pretty good judge of my own work, but not always.
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davidbcoe
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Yes, well, we've kept the truth from them for many years. They're young, you see....
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davidbcoe
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm pretty excited about having it done.
wyjoe
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
*But it's a little weird sitting alone in my house and reading aloud. It's even weirder when my kids and wife are home and they constantly think that I'm talking to them or that I'm on the phone or that I'm having a conversation with myself. ("Dad's finally gone off the deep end...")*

This is why some writers have offices separate from their houses. :-)
arhyalon
Sep. 7th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I get around the weirdness factor by reading my manuscript to my brother who is disabled...but you are right that it's a very valuable exercise!
davidbcoe
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
That's cool, Jagi. Forgive my question if it's inappropriate (since I know nothing of your brother's disability) but is he good at offering you critical feedback on your work?
arhyalon
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Not usually, though he occasionally has a really good insight...but the act of reading it outloud is a big help, and he enjoyes it, too.

davidbcoe
Sep. 7th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
It's nice that the two of you can share that.
arhyalon
Sep. 7th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is. His life is lonely and difficult. He can't really do anything, so he just sits around and listens to music. I love having something I can do to entertain him that he enjoys.

Edited to add:

I realize just sitting around listening to music doesn't sound hard...but when you are doing that because you can't do anything else, it is hard.

Edited at 2009-09-07 10:25 pm (UTC)
davidbcoe
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Right. Got it. It would very hard, and sad.
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davidbcoe
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Answering is bad?

Yes.

Really?

Ho' Boy....
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davidbcoe
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it's funny when Gollum does it, but in real life not so much.
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