Lockdown Blog Day 56

Monday, 18th May 2020

You’d think – for someone who works with books and stories all the time – that reading for pleasure would be an easy thing.

But, somehow, in lockdown, that just doesn’t seem to be happening. I don’t know if it’s the pressure of trying to find new clients (I have to pay the bills!) or the constant updating from government and rolling news bulletins, but I’ve been finding really difficult to switch off.

That is, until I discovered audiobooks.

I’m not saying I’ve only just heard of them – I’m not that naïve! – but I have discovered how wonderful it is to play the audiobook at the same time as reading the actual book is simply divine. It’s like being a child again and being read to. A perfect way to end the day!

The book, if you’re curious, is Becky Albertalli’s Leah on the Offbeat, a sort of sequel to the amazing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which became the film Love, Simon. Everything about this world is outstanding and the writing is simply beautiful. If you haven’t read or watched yet, you must! 🌈

I’m off to curl up with my book now. Read to me, because I’m really a big baby who needs reading to!

If you’re interested, I had to add the word ‘audiobook’ to my style sheet today. I had to look up if the word was hyphenated, two words or one word. My style sheet keeps my writing consistent and I recommend this to all authors and writers. I usually produce one for writers I work with while I’m editing their words. If you’d like to use my style sheet, you can download it for free at www.JustWriteRight.co.uk/resources-for-writers.

Published by Nick Taylor | Editor & Proofreader

Editor and proofreader specialising in LGBTQ+ writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

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