Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Karen Commins

As an audiobook narrator, I encourage every author to get her work into audio. However, regardless of whether you ever want to create audiobooks of your titles, these four tips from other authors aboutplanning your audiobook will make you a better writer.

1. Listen to audiobooks.

This first piece of advice surprises many writers. They may have studied the words of other authors, but they’ve never thought much about how the words actually sound.

Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author ofThe Darwin Elevator, wrote a terrific blog post that outlines five reasons why writers should listen to audiobooks.

Laura Hillenbrand, the New York Times bestselling author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, has listened to hundreds of audiobooks. According to her interview in the New York Times Magazine, Hillenbrand said her immersion in audiobooks has actually improved her writing because she hears the musicality of the language.

Stephen King thought about the sound of the words even back in 2007. In a column for Entertainment Weekly, King noted, “Audio is merciless. It exposes every bad sentence, half-baked metaphor, and lousy word choice…the spoken word is the acid test. They don’t call it storytelling for nothing.”

2. Read your work aloud.

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Happy writing and running, Kathy

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