Writers and bloggers, if you’re not reading your works aloud before publishing or posting them, you’ll never be a great writer.
Your writer eyes are blind to seeing the flaws in whatever you write until you take it away from the computer and read it aloud.
To edit your own work, do this:
1. Always print your works-in-process often. Author Anne Lamott says, “Don’t be afraid to kill a few trees. Just recycle.” (I turn the pages over and put them back through the printer so both sides are used.)
2. Read your writing with fresh eyes. Take it away from the computer. Change seats, go outside in the sun or to the living room couch. Just get away from the desk in order to re-see what you have written with fresh eyes.
3. Grab a highlighter before you go. Why? See #5.
4. Read your writing aloud. Stand up. Face a window or sliding glass door. Imagine the entire world is your audience, out beyond the glass. Read in your big oratory voice as though you’re at the front of a huge audience.
5. Whenever you stumble, tick the words or line with a highlighter. Rework those passages when you return to your writing desk.
6. Allow your writing to grow cold. Leave it alone. Don’t read it for at least a week, longer if possible. Return to it with fresh eyes. Read aloud again, and listen for what needs changed.
Reading one’s own stuff aloud can really highlight mistakes, not just typos but pace, rhythm, and flow.
Do you read your work aloud?
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