I used to print my stories out, go through them, and that’s it. When our printer died, I read it off my laptop.
I realized it wasn’t working.
I put the file in Mobi form and put it on my kindle. I rarely use my kindle for reading and it seemed a good reason to use it.
It’s worked out well.
But seeing it on the Kindle in the form it would take after publication energized me. It made me realize the story is good and that it would one day see the light it deserves.
It was an epiphany. It gave me a new view at my work that I’d never had before.
It’s not reading through my own eyes, it’s reading as if I were the one who purchased the book.
It felt like a new book, one with more potential than I’d seen before.
Having a book as a file on a computer is one thing, reading it as the intended audience would gave me a whole new perspective on the draft and where the story could go.
I’m only sorry that I’ve never done this with previous stories. It makes me want to go back through the books I’ve shelved and see if they’re worth saving.
For the longest time I didn’t think about the other stories I’ve written. I wrote them, worked on them a little and moved on to the next one.
Seeing it in a published form gave me new eyes when I didn’t believe I needed them.
I have a lot of work to do with it but reading it the way the intended reader would is changing how I work on a draft.
It’s definitely increased my enthusiasm for the project.
I didn’t see the problems the other way, but now, I see the problems and understand how to fix them because I’m reading it the way my readers would.
I hope you all have a great week.