How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 11
READING FOR VOICE
Many advice-givers tell writers to just forge ahead when writing the first draft, not stopping to correct and/or change. I agree. But if my story is character-driven (which it almost always is) characters have distinctive “voices”. So every morning I skim what I’ve already written, to review the tone and cadence of the various voices. And, since my memory is poor (which is why I spend my time making things up!) this repetitive reading helps get the personality and quirks fixed in my brain, for consistency of character as I progress.
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