March Wrap Up and Review

timeLast week slipped past me when I wasn’t looking. This week is trying to do the same thing!

March is a funny month with sunny 70°F day followed by snowy 31°F day the next. But the tulips and daffodils have come out to say hello and that makes me happy.

As far as writing, it’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol for me. I did read my novel out loud to myself. Boy, was that exhausting and I’m tired of hearing my own voice, but it did help me find little errors and sentences that needed an extra beat or one taken out.

Any pretty flowers bloomin’ in your neck of the woods? Writers, do you read your stuff aloud?

I’m taking April off from blogging, so I’ll see ya’ll in May!

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  1. Considering next month is the A to Z Challenge insanity, good idea.
    Think the warm weather has come to stay here.

  2. I read dialogue out loud.

    Our mini daffodils have bloomed already. Looking forward to more flowers blooming soon.

    1. Oo, mini daffodils must be cute as well as pretty.

  3. The weather has been the same here in north central KY, too. Today it’s in the upper 50’s which is more average for this time of year. Enjoy your break!

  4. I’m seeing specific plants in bloom around South Florida. They’re beautiful. I also read my manuscripts out loud to catch mistakes.

  5. All the tulips I planted in Dec are up and I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying them.

    I absolutely do read my stuff aloud. The dialogue has to read like a good short play. The description has to flow. The narrative has to sound like it blends seamlessly. In other words I’m listening for a well-orchestrated piece.

  6. We had a snow storm last year where I live and now it’s sunny and melting all the snow. BAHAHAHAHA FINALLY! Yesterday I noticed flowers in our yard and I wanted to dance.

  7. Yes, I do read my work aloud. I’ve also set my Kindle on audio to listen to it that way as well. I like to see how it flows, one of the final things I do before completion of the ms. It’s pretty great to be at that phase of things! I think I’ll take most of April off for posting as well, since I’m not doing the A to Z Challenge this year.

    1. It is exciting to be “there”.

  8. I see a lot of daffodils blooming around here, but it’s still pretty darn cold.

    I have issues reading words aloud. I trip and stumble, and there’s some sort of disconnect between my mouth and brain, like I know I’m reading, but I don’t know what it is that I’m reading and I don’t hear the words either. I do use Balabolka to read stuff to me though. It helps me catch some of the stuff where it looks close and my eyes gloss over it, like signed vs sighed.

    1. It took me a bit to get into the right rhythm and not zone out on myself. 🙂 I’m afraid I’d zone out on a reader too.

  9. Thanks Holly – no point in being ‘down’ … it helps with positive attitude – things seem to work out – however challenging life is. Thanks for the supportive comment though.

    I read my talks that I give out loud – otherwise it’d be hopeless … so I’ve learnt that it helps a lot … but a novel of my own writing … not so sure – I’d zone out too …

    Cheers and have a productive April … Hilary

  10. Now you’ve reminded me of the Wordsworth poem, The Daffodils.
    I’m busy with the A to Z Challenge, so I’ll have to take some time off in May and plunge into writing mode.
    Enjoy your hiatus, Holly.

  11. I’m not doing the challenge either, and you’re taking a month off, but you’ve been kind enough to stop by at my blog so here I am. 🙂

    I read out my dialogue too, which can be tiring but helpful. Not big on flowers 🙁

    I hope you have a productive month writing. X

  12. My neck of the woods is super warm in March. We actually had some days that bordered on 90’s. Regardless, I love it. March to November is warm and the rest of the year is mild. I kind of like being able to jog outside without issue any time of the year.

  13. We have the same weather. CRAZY… Snow forecasted for tomorrow… But signs of spring are definitely popping up.

    Yes. I ALWAYS read my work out loud.

  14. Did you tape record it as you read and then play it back?

    1. You are a card! It was hard enough to hear me read it once to myself.

  15. Came by to see where ya’ been. Hope you’re eating yummy things.

  16. We got a big snowstorm here this weekend, right in the middle of a writer’s conference! When I finally emerged into the outside on Sunday, there was heavy wet snow on the trees, which had white blossoms on them. It was beautiful. I wish I’d had my camera on me.

  17. and here the April is already over too!

    1. I know! It went by super fast too.

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