I’m dividing my day between writing volume 3 of Time Crystal (so far untitled), creating the Time Tunnel Game (using GameMaker) and starting to record an audio edition of volume 1 (The Cosmic Monopole) using MultiTrack Studio (having failed to get Sonar Studio 8.5 to work). (Today I am thinking in brackets (it seems).)
My normal approach to editing is to use TextAloud with AT&T voices. Hearing high-quality computer-generated speech is much easier than reading myself, and I often spot errors which otherwise I would miss.
However this morning I have begun to read the text of volume 3 myself. I feel I need practice in reading aloud, and indeed in speaking. I speak too quietly; people complain they cannot hear what I say. Perhaps it’s a result of spending most of my time alone with a computer. I speak too little and, when I do speak, my voice sounds much louder to me than it really is.
I need to learn to speak out loud and express myself forcefully if the audiobook is to sound professional. Also, having a stronger speaking voice will perhaps allow me to begin public speaking. Giving talks and running workshops is part of the modern writer’s bread-and-butter.