Reading aloud...

to yourself!

One of the great joys of being a kid is having someone read you a story. (Audio books are a reasonable substitute for adults, right?)

One of the great tools in a writer's toolbelt is reading aloud - your own manuscript, that is!

I often find that when I read my own work out loud I find numerous mistakes in rythmn, word choice and/or pacing. You'll find missing words, misplaced words, and various other little stinkers that are often missed by only proof-reading.

It's a good exercise & one I heartily recommend!


Perry Wilson said...

Sometimes I find myself rushing when I read aloud. I use a free text to voice called Natural Voice to slow me down. The voice is electronic and can't handle some pronunciations or homonyms, but that just makes me listen closer.

I copy a scene or a small section of my work into it, keep the Word doc open and then I make corrections as it speaks. Then I do it all over again.

Tez Miller said...

By the way, I saw your German cover on Amazon UK the other week - very pretty :-)