I recently completed the first draft of my fourth and final installment in the Sweeney Sisters Series. Yay. I hope to release this full length novel early next year. But more on that later.

After publishing six books, my writing process is now rock solid. Spending extra time on the first draft makes subsequent drafts go smoother and quicker. The first draft is the most difficult. You can imagine how daunting facing an empty page can be. This draft is all about getting the plot out of my head and onto paper. Everything comes together in the second draft, which is the most fun for me. The plot thickens and the characters continue to develop. All the pertinent material is there. I just need to expand on it. The second draft is where I add a lot of new description. And elaborate on detail. The third draft is the easiest, more of an edit than anything. And this is what I want to talk to aspiring writers about today.

The Text to Speech Edit

After writing and rewriting your sentences, paragraphs, and chapters, the text to speech edit offers a different perspective on your work. When you hear the story read back to you, grammatical errors jump out at you. Passages that need addressing don’t sound right. The text to speech approach to editing is not unlike listening to an audiobook.

On a Mac . . .

Go to System Preferences and select Dictation and Speech

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Choose your voice from the dropdown menu. See the graphic below for your choices.

Click on the change key (highlighted in pink) and specify a key or series of keys you’d like to use to access this command. I use Command+A.

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To access this feature, highlight the text you want your system to read back to you, then click your commands.

On a PC . . .

It’s been years since I last worked on a PC, but I found this Youtube video that might be helpful.

 

Feel free to ask questions or share your experience with Text to Speech.

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