Language Video and #ROW80

I am shamelessly lifting a video from the FABULOUS blog of K.B. Owen (subscribe right now if you like mystery and/or history). She pointed the way to this awesome video about the history of the English language from The Open University:

As for ROW80 progress, here’s where I stand:

  • Finish reading Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. Done.
  • Cheer on the ROW80 participants. Done.
  • Edit at least 50 pages of SHARING HUNTER, my young adult contemporary novel. Gave the novel to a teen beta reader to get feedback from my target audience.
  • Exercise at least twice each week. My Zumba classes are on hiatus for two weeks.
  • Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER. Done.

Adding for this week:

  • Work through at least two lessons of Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS with YA novel.
  • Read at least 50 pages of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

How is your progress coming along? Did you enjoy the video?

As always, you can cheer on my fellow ROWers by clicking HERE.

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9 thoughts on “Language Video and #ROW80

  1. Great video. For some reason, I kept watiting for Dudley Do-Right to make an appearance (the voice and cartoon style, I think). Plus, it mentioned Shakespeare, which my ROW80 update was about. 😉

    I love the idea of getting a teen beta reader. My daughter reads my stuff, but I’ll need to get an unbiased teen opinion when it’s done. How did you go about finding a teen reader?

    I hope you’ll share your thoughts on Bell’s Self-Editing.

    1. It was the Dudley Do-Right voice! LOL. As to teen beta readers, I actually have FOUR lined up–my son, my best friend’s daughter, a teenager from my church, and her best friend whom I know through church camp.

      Bell’s Self-Editing book was good, and I love how he summarizes at the end of his chapters. I think the Plot & Structure book was more comprehensive and helpful all around, though. I do want to sit down and pull out Bell’s suggestions into a checklist for myself. Thanks, Tia!

  2. Getting feedback from your ideal reader/target audience is always great. And I think they can help before you even write a single word.
    Whenever I sit down to write a piece of fiction, I ask who among the people I know would be most into whatever idea is luring me to the keyboard. Once I figure that out, I write the piece as though this person is the only one who will ever see it. This specific person, not a hypothetical collective, becomes my target audience.
    After I’ve written the first draft and run it through the washing machine, I hand the piece over to this reader and see how well I hit the mark.

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