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Get a friend to read it aloud

October 19, 2010 by manqik · No Comments · Uncategorized

Now that you’ve slept on your copy, it’s the perfect time to read it aloud.

I know this is the most overused piece of advice to writers ever. But do you know why that is?

One: it works. When you read your work aloud, you pick up on problems with the flow that your eye would otherwise skip over. It’s even better to get someone else to read it aloud, because they aren’t expecting odd turns of phrase, whereas you, after spending ten minutes obsessing over it yesterday, are.

Two: no one friggin’ does it. Even writers who offer this advice (yes, me too) seldom follow it. When other aspiring writers ask them how they can improve, they purse their lips and intone sagely, “Are you reading your work aloud? It really does make a difference, you know.”

Uh huh. It sure does — if you do it. It’s not just a technique for people learning to write. It makes any writing better.

No one is too good to read their work aloud.the sourse

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