November 7 Activity: Speed Up Your Writing.
People often complain that they do not have the time to write. Often this is justly so as writing does take up a good amount of time. No way around it! Today you will explore a way of writing faster—better will come later. In this post, learn to speed up your writing.
Today’s exercise to speed up your writing involves recording your voice as you tell a vignette or snippet of your memoir.
If you have OCR (Ocular Character Recognition) software you can also convert your speech into text as you are recording it on a separate device. If you do not have OCR software, you will use a regular recorder.
Relate a vignette from your memoir time frame to your child/grandchild, friend, and/or relative. Record it as you speak. Your object is two fold:
- to experience how it feels to tell a story to a person. This is an enhancement of the audience probe you engaged in earlier. Does telling feel different from writing?
- to record the story as you are speaking it. We often talk about voice in writing and this exercise will help you to sound like—well—yourself.
Ask them the following: What more would you/they have liked to know?
- What didn’t “ring true” for you/them?
- What questions remained unanswered?
Write the spoken vignette as soon as possible after this session. This will prove to be the most efficient way of writing the story. The longer you wait, the more you will forget how the feel of the story.
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