CitizenSamurai

Back to writing to finish Chapter 8 - here are the final two finished chapters as audiobook.  That was an interesting experiment - a good way to make my mistakes and learn how to record and edit - but most of all, it was a valuable editing tool.  I highly recommend recording your story and playing it back - you'll gain a new perspective on how it's written, by hearing how it sounds.  DM or write to me here if you want to give it a shot - all you need is a phone.  
          	
          	Chapter Six:
          	https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai/episodes/HUMILIATION-OF-A-SAMURAI---Chapter-Six---MARGARET-ehbcel
          	
          	https://open.spotify.com/episode/0BAc8WSiObTJmJx3xJMFI0
          	
          	
          	
          	Chapter Seven:
          	https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai/episodes/HUMILIATION-OF-A-SAMURAI---Chapter-Seven---VINCENT-ehijq2
          	
          	https://open.spotify.com/episode/50zz0KYFh0CtQ86ESINgnQ

CitizenSamurai

Back to writing to finish Chapter 8 - here are the final two finished chapters as audiobook.  That was an interesting experiment - a good way to make my mistakes and learn how to record and edit - but most of all, it was a valuable editing tool.  I highly recommend recording your story and playing it back - you'll gain a new perspective on how it's written, by hearing how it sounds.  DM or write to me here if you want to give it a shot - all you need is a phone.  
          
          Chapter Six:
          https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai/episodes/HUMILIATION-OF-A-SAMURAI---Chapter-Six---MARGARET-ehbcel
          
          https://open.spotify.com/episode/0BAc8WSiObTJmJx3xJMFI0
          
          
          
          Chapter Seven:
          https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai/episodes/HUMILIATION-OF-A-SAMURAI---Chapter-Seven---VINCENT-ehijq2
          
          https://open.spotify.com/episode/50zz0KYFh0CtQ86ESINgnQ

CitizenSamurai

https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai/episodes/HUMILIATION-OF-A-SAMURAI---Chapter-Two---MARGARET-eh2vpp
          
          Hi everyone - I am not one of those folks who bombards with constant updates about stuff, or comes sniffing around the next day to ask what you thought of my work.  I try to keep it limited to writing, but  I'm going through the process of reading my stuff aloud, and my second chapter is done.  I've only got seven chapters in the can (Chapter 8 isn't done, but getting close).  At most, there's five more of these audio-file updates coming and then I promise you'll only hear from me as new print (pixel) chapters come to completion, and their corresponding audio versions.  I'll say it one more time:  recording your own stuff like this is addicting, give it a whirl, I highly recommend it and I'm happy to point you toward this simple software that makes it easy to do on your phone.  J

CitizenSamurai

@donnaf1828 Yanks love the Aussie Twang!  As you record, just make damn sure you save each file to your library - the default for each says something like, "save to broadcast" or something that will post it live, I think - but there's a little gear icon, so you hit that and select 'save to library' - keep going and when you're done, you get into your library and you drag them into a draft, stacked in the order you want;  if you want to add music, each file you make has a musical note icon on it, you click that, choose the song you want playing under it (if you want that) - anyhow, when you're done you can preview the completed draft all you want and it won't go live 'til you publish it.
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donnaf1828

@CitizenSamurai Haha not sure my Aussie twang will sound good.  I think this is a great idea.  I do read all my work out loud after I'm happy with it but to be able to listen to it back would be awesome.  Do you just add the app to your phone and can record but not post it anywhere?
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CitizenSamurai

@NicholasEagleGravesY Nick, I am *the same way* - but - trust me - even if you don't decide to go public - you can enjoy the finished product yourself.
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CitizenSamurai

This post is less about me and more about you.
          
          A friend on another platform uses this podcast site, Anchor.
          
          I gave it a shot and recorded the first chapter of my WIP last night.
          
          https://anchor.fm/citizensamurai
          
          It's filled with 'p' pops;  I chose music at random;  and the breaks of each section didn't occur in chosen places, but they mark the points where I tripped over my tongue and had to stop, trim the stammering and start again - so there are genius breaks that split dialogue from the same speaker, etc.  
          
          But in the spirit of The Ramones, I said f--k it and put it out there.
          
          I cannot overstate how much fun this was.  How helpful it was to me as a writer to have to process my work this way and then hear it played back.  And it was easy - I downloaded the app, did it all on my phone, the editing was a little tricky but I figured it out, let me know if you want some tips.  You select music and it mixes in and out, framing each section.

CitizenSamurai

@KadeKessler I got brave as soon as I heard mine.  I hope you'll share if you take that jump!
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KadeKessler

@CitizenSamurai Too true... You make a fair point! Maybe i will test it out with one of my short stories and see what happens. Then, in 74.5 years when my novel is done I can make a decision on that one. Haha!
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CitizenSamurai

@KadeKessler Well, I know each writer is their own worst critic, so I won't be pushy BUT - I cannot tell you how cool it was to package the clips I recorded and hear them played back with music under them - and you could create a draft that you don't publish, but it would still be something you could enjoy privately as a finished product.  Just saying!
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aciddazeareback

Hello. I found you by the word "Paul Auster" in forums. I like/respect him!

CitizenSamurai

@aciddazeareback Acid!  I did not see this post until just now - I sometimes check notifications on my phone, and I hate the small screen - the point is, I miss stuff until I come here and look on my actual computer and this is something I would not want to miss!  "Mr. Vertigo" is the only Auster book I've ever read -  I love that dude's work ethic, the fact that he keeps an office and writes in it daily like it's his job (because it is).  Anyhow - forgive the delay, the whole point of me being on this site is having contact with writers like you, talking about people like Paul Auster - the types of conversations I can't have IRL where I live, so - boom!  Instant follow on you : )
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Norwood515

Thanks for the follow! Saw you giving JT a piece of your mind (advice) (:

CitizenSamurai

@Norwood515 Holy cow, I do customer service and hate the sound of my own voice too!  But this was like exposure therapy and it actually felt good, I'm glad you will try it.  It was invaluable for editing with fresh eyes (ears?)  Do it!
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Norwood515

Ha, I’m the same with social media. This is the only one I really use properly. I’d LOVE my stories to be audiobooks but I hate the sound of my own voice... I’ll definitely give this a go a see what it sounds like. And I’ll check yours out for inspiration - I see you posted a link above. Thanks for the tip!
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CitizenSamurai

@Norwood515 : )  Right on - I don't do social media but this site (and the boards) turned out to be a great experience for me.  I've gotten more confidence to show my work, more discipline about creating it, and just within the last 72 hours I've gone on a kick of putting my published Wattpad chapters up as audio files - it's absolutely addicting, my first one was a bit rough but now I'm doing all of my chapters.  I highly recommend it - the software lets you throw in music that automatically fades in and out around your recordings, it's like "This American Life" - dead simple and such a fun exercise to hear your story come back at you!  Sorry to gush, it's my new kick : )
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