Inspiration For Mondays-Elizabeth Lyon

Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon is a treasure trove. It’s a rare week when I haven’t cracked it open a number of times.

On “Deep Listening”:

“The ear rarely deceives. You can see–read–your story and not catch many errors. However, if you listen to your story, you’ll hear clunks, hisses, and coughs. Yet, there is listening and there is listening. As you know, it is possible to hear without really listening, either to oneself or to others. Developing the perspective of inside-out revision means tuning inward, trusting your own sense and intuition as you read your story silently or aloud.”

What do you hear when you listen?
What do you hear when you listen?
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2 thoughts on “Inspiration For Mondays-Elizabeth Lyon”

  1. Oh, this is one of my favorite editing fixes. I don’t think my family is thrilled when I read aloud while editing, but it’s often the easiest way to assess what’s wrong with a sentence/paragraph.

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