for writers and readers….
Reading aloud engages the senses, makes us think of rhythm, narrative flow, and stillness; connects us with how our words truly sound. Reading aloud slows us down. When we read in our minds we tend to zoom along, the brain processing much faster than the mouth can speak.
Reading aloud allows us to slow down and pay attention, which makes the practice a powerful proofreading tool. We find common grammatical errors, omitted words, sections that don’t quite say what we intended or that just don’t feel right.
David Perez in Speak Your Writing to Life: Brevity Magazine
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now this is a quote I can get altogether behind! I read out each chapter to my husband as I write it which catches a lot of typos and places where, changing the wording, I have made a garble of a sentence. It also cuts down the number of impossibly long sentences I fear I am addicted to writing.
Reading aloud even helps you put the commas in the right place…
I’m sharing this one with our writing group. As there as now quite a few of us, there isn’t time for us to read our work at meetings (I always used to find things to change in mine when we did that). Now we email them out instead, but I wonder if we should reinstate some reading in meetings.
But even reading aloud to yourself (when you’re at the editing stage) can help. Some people record themselve on their phones etc. I haven’t tried that and I wonder if that’s also a useful tool
I use Word’s read Aloud. It t’s a bit robotic, but it slows me down so I notice more. Also sending my stuff to Kindle makes me read it like a ‘reader’ instead of the writer.
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