16 Reasons to Read your Words Aloud. | Myths of the Mirror

 

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One of the earliest things I learned about revising our work and editing was to read the words out loud. It may seem odd for some, but reading out loud can help find a myriad of grammatical and punctuation errors which our eyes can easily miss.

 

Diana over at Myths of the Mirror, has written an excellent article on the importance of reading our work aloud.

 

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“A story has a natural cadence that arises from sentence structure, word choice, and the balance of narrative, dialog, and exposition. By reading our stories aloud, we’re able to experience that cadence theΒ way our readers do. As part of an editing process, hearing the sounds of our words polishes our work. . .”

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32 thoughts on “16 Reasons to Read your Words Aloud. | Myths of the Mirror

    1. Haha… I’ve seen cats have a similar reaction when I do that. I had to throw in their names here and there. If it wasn’t about them, they didn’t find it interesting. πŸ˜‰ Hugs!

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    1. Hi Diana, thanks so much. I loved your article because it resonated so much with me when I learned the importance of reading our work aloud when I was editing my first book. It makes a huge difference what the ears can catch which the eyes may overlook. πŸ™‚

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  1. Extraordinary post; thanks for the re-blog. What I commented: “This is the best rationale for reading aloud I’ve even read/heard/saw! I need to do this before my chapters get shipped to a developmental editor. Thank you!”

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  2. It’s so valuable to do this. I always read my writing aloud. And, much to the annoyance of the person who spends the most time with me, I often read it aloud to my husband! But two times aloud are better than one, right?

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    1. Right. And your husband sounds amazing to listen to you. It’s fantastic that he takes so much interest in your work; unless of course you hijack him for the ride, lol. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve been reading aloud for years, and I tell every writer they should too. It is surprising how easy it is to find some errors when doing this exercise.

    Thanks for spreading the news. This is something all writing courses should teach.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Abeeha. It seems to work for many writers. I wanted to share this post because there are a lot of new writers who may not be aware of how helpful reading aloud really is. πŸ™‚

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  4. Reading aloud really is a good technique. If a sentence is difficult to speak, it tends to slow down the person reading it too. It’s also important (especially with larger works) to proof from a few different formats, like print, PDF, computer screen, the Adobe tool that will read your document out loud… Reading something that appears even slightly different to the eye will help you find mistakes and problems.
    Okay I’ll get off my editor soapbox. πŸ˜‰ Mega hugs!

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  5. I completely agree with you; reading out loud works great when proofreading your work. When I read my work out loud I catch things I would normally miss. Thanks for sharing the article! πŸ™‚ xx

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  6. This is a great writing tip Deb. I often read out loud to hubby, he is so patient, but it is the best way I know to catch errors. The MS for my memoir might be a different matter though πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    1. You’d be amazed what you will catch by reading your memoir out loud too Sherri. Indeed, the ears, catch things the eyes sometimes overlook. πŸ™‚ xoxo

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