Thursday, November 29, 2012
Reading Out Loud
And as a writer, there is immeasurable value in reading my own writing out loud. I catch words and sentences that don't flow, ideas that don't fit, characters who are speaking out of voice, and just general icky-ness that I would miss if I only read the story inside my head. As a freelance editor, I encourage my clients all the time to read their work aloud, knowing they will hear word cadences that need rephrasing and all the other things (and more) that I listed above. Because, again, there is something deep, meaningful, and powerful about reading written words out loud.
What about you? Do you read your own writing out loud? Do you read the writing of others out loud?