A news round-up is a generic term for Monday posts on my blog. This is my spot for discussions, events, things I’ve discovered or done, announcements and sometimes “I don’t know what to say today so I’m making it up as I go along.”
Fortunately, something that caught my eye at the beginning of April also begins with N.
Natural Reader is an editing tool for authors, or just a tool for anyone who would like text from their screen read to them. I found it on Marcia Meara’s blog, The Write Stuff (thanks to the Story Reading Ape). She called it ‘the single most useful editing tool I’ve used.’
You can find a test section here at naturalreaders.com. I posted in a paragraph with some dialogue from my Fieldcraft flash fiction, and noted how several different voices read it. I moved some commas, changed a repeated word, and took out some question marks as a result. My editor would sniff, and say something like ‘good’. She gave me a gold star on my last MS for my improvement in semi-colon use!
The interesting thing is, writing this makes me realise that I really did find it useful. Why didn’t I download it straight away? Prevarication, I expect. Going back to get it now (it’s available for both Mac and Windows).
If you try it, come back and tell me what you think.
More news round-up
- I did my latest post for the Story Reading Ape on Sunday 9th April. This was the third of a set of posts on ‘Challenges’. I could do with some suggestions on what to do next, but I was thinking of ‘my top ten blogging tips’, unless other inspiration strikes.
- I’m fairly disappointed with the way the ‘listless’ A to Z is going. It seems that you’re sunk unless you get your link into the first 100 comments on the A to Z’s post. At least with the list you had a good chance of getting ten new visitors a day as people roamed down the list. I’d like to thank my regulars for sticking with me, and those who started at the beginning of the month for coming back for more! Maybe we’re making new communities instead of just one-off visitors?
- Don’t forget that Willoughby the Narrator (book 7 in the Princelings of the East series) launches on 27th April – W day. If you’re short of a post for W, click here. If you’d like to pre-order a copy, click the links at the left hand side.
- My niece Cathy married Phill on Saturday.
I hope you had a happy Easter – what’s your own news round-up; did you get up to anything special?