I've been kind of quiet lately in the blogosphere. Why is that?
Is it because (A) I have realized that I blog to the detriment of my writing and have decided to focus my efforts on manuscripts this month instead?
Is it because (B) my Scramble habit has returned (but I've been too embarrassed to admit it?)
Is it because (C) I have a secret and I'm scared if I blog, it will slip out, the same way I accidentally told my college roommate who her Secret Santa was?
If you guess D, all of the above, you'd be correct.
There are some things going on that I can't talk about, but there are plenty of things I can talk about. So, I will choose a safe topic. Writing tips. When my five year old blogs, she dictates and I type. Every few words, she says, "Read me what I have so far." This cracks me up. She's only in kindergarten, but she already knows that her words have to "sound good."
ME: You have "I asked my mommy to sign me up for gymnastics because I thought it would be really fun. But then I discovered that some moves hurt me and I didn't like class. One day I came and I started to cry. I wanted to go home. A nice assistant named Alex helped me out, and then I discovered something new. Class could be really fun if I just give it a chance!"
JORDAN: I said discovered too many times. Change the second one to noticed.
What's interesting is that Jordan can read perfectly well by herself. But she doesn't feel she can adequately "listen" while she is reading. She needs me to read it so she can focus completely on how her words sound.
So, here is my tip. Ask someone else to read your work aloud.
Do they stumble or trip anywhere. Are there words you repeated by accident. Is your dialogue natural? Do your transitions flow?
You may discover something you hadn't noticed before! :)