Say It Out Loud: How David Sedaris Is Making His Writing Better
There’s nothing like reading out loud to road test your writing. Even if you don’t have an audience of hundreds, you can learn from David Sedaris’ verbal method of honing his work.
With social networking tools and access to e-reader data, 21st-century authors have unlimited opportunities for feedback before a book is indelibly inked. But best-selling, award-winning humorist David Sedaris, whose new essay collection Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will be published by Little, Brown and Company this month, prefers a more low-tech approach. He tests pre-publication material by regularly reading works in progress to live audiences, a practice that has become an integral part of his writing process.