Just a quick note about an amazing find. Perhaps a lot of you are already aware that such software exists and are even utilizing it, but I just discovered read-aloud software (free download) where you plunk your own writing into the box, press play, and ta-da! A computer-generated voice — Microsoft Anna — will read your writing to you.
Reading work aloud is a great way to spot imperfections that are normally overlooked when editing. It’s sometimes impossible to see such minor incidentals as then when it should read the, and all when it should read are, etc. Plus, hearing the writing is completely different from reading the writing. The sound of the story is more in line with what your audience will hear than what you do. This is the direct result of you knowing the story inside out while your readership just have the words to guide them.
There were several to choose from, and I couldn’t get Microsoft’s program to work on anything other than web pages, so I chose to download the free version of Balabolka and am quite pleased. It’s simple to set up and use, simply copy your own writing and paste it into the program, select Speech from the top menu and Read Aloud from the drop-down menu.
She pronounces some words wrong, which is entertaining. Breathed becomes breath-ed, cop become coop, and read is always red. You should hear her try pronouncing proper nouns, too — hilarious and a great way to avoid the tedium of having to listen to a computer-generated voice refuse to put any emphasis or feeling into your work.
While she’s reading from the program, I keep my Word document open and just follow along, catching missteps here and there and sometimes even rearranging entire sentences. Like I said, it’s a great way to polish your work when there isn’t an actual human being around who is willing to do it for you.
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The idea behind this week’s Flash Fiction hop challenge (I didn’t participate in) comes from Jo Richardson — with the 300 words being based on the below .gif
Please begin the hop by visiting S. C. Mitchell‘s blog and take it from there. Lots of great thought from some highly talented writers.
Word Count: 66,034
Reworking one last scene before ending this story on a happy note and then delving into a new, more professional way of uploading the manuscript and then marketing the work.