One of my best discoveries of the last year was audiobooks. I never really listened to audiobooks before. I've tried in the past but when I'd listen in the car I'd always end up turning the volume down and missing part of the book.
I recently rediscovered audiobooks during a week working in the costume shop and I totally love them.
I'll let you in on a secret. I think that listening to audiobooks is making me a better writer.
I was an independent reader growing up. I grew up with a single parent. My mom read to us but since I was an independent reader I probably gravitated to reading on my own pretty early.
Other than going to author readings and events it has been forever since I listened to a story being read to me.
Listening to audiobooks has helped me pay more attention to pacing in my own writing. As I'm writing I begin to wonder how this would sound being read aloud. Is the pacing right? Is the language fresh? Is the writing concise? Is there a good mix between dialog and description?
Do you listen to audiobooks? How do they help your writing?