There are traditional methods to having your writing critiqued, which work very well such as writing workshops, freelance editors, English department staff, family and friends. I would say family and friends might just be the weakest of the examples I had given you since they may not tell you the truth if they find some bad things in your writing. But having your work critiqued by others is what needs to be done so having a set of fresh eyes on your writing is essential to its success in the market. However, there is another method that can work well when you combine it with the traditional ones, at least when critiquing your first draft. That method is in the title of this blog post!
There are word processors, add-ons and ereaders , such as the Kindle and Nook, that can turn your text into audio, meaning that you can get your first draft read immediately. You don’t have to wait for the next workshop nor do you have to wait for the schedule of the English professor’s assistant to free up. I know it can sound crazy and lazy for some of you people out there to have a program read your story to you. I just figured to tell you all about it since I do it and it works just fine for me.
I still use the traditional critiquing methods and notice how I keep saying that I only use the text to audio method on my first drafts. When I use the text to audio method I am able to hear how my entire story sounds when read aloud. It makes it easy for me to pick out things such as awkward sentences, bad dialogue and character development flaws. Traditional methods are great, but I have yet to sit in a workshop where the people read my entire story to me out loud. Again, I am not saying the text to audio method is the best, I am just pointing out its benefits if used correctly.
If you don’t use this method then give it a try and tell me what you think.