“I edit by ear. I want to hear how the sentence falls. I want to hear a cadence someplace.”
When was the last time you closed your eyes and listened to “the sounds of silence.” Truth is, naturally, there is always sound going on: in the quiet there is much to hear. Allowing space to hear that nothingness may have an important impact in your writing.
Describe how the sentences in your last piece of writing “fell” onto the page.
What senses do you use the most in your editing process?
What senses to you use the most in the early stages of writing, before the editor voice is invited? Note: if you don’t leave time for a creative, edit free environment, you will miss out on something important in your writing process. Begin experimenting with that now.
Make a list of 5 - 10 sounds you usually only hear in “silence” -
Make a list of 5 - 10 sights you usually only see in the dark -
Make a list of other writers whose writing voices have a distinctive cadence -
Make a list of 3 - 5 ways your writing would benefit from working on your written voice.
Bonus: Take actions from one of the items on your list.
Conventional Writing Prompt
When I edit by ear, my writing…..
My sentences fall….
My writing voice is…..
My writing voice would improve if….
This series (now a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge) is also serving as a bridge to my new blog which will be unveiled in the middle of the month. In past blog challenges I have offered prompts under the "Let Your Words Flow" name. The Inspiration from Literary Grannies serve as a subset of that series.
I welcome your comments, your questions and your quote contributions. Please share the prompts with your writing buddies and friends!
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