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Reading aloud as part of the editing process.
Writers are almost always readers. We love the written word and when we’re not producing it ourselves, we’re likely to be reading something another writer has produced.
Reading aloud can be a powerful editing tool for the writer. You can hear how dialogue sounds (you spot flaws so much faster when you’re speaking the words rather than hearing them in your head), and you can listen to the rhythm of your prose. Do the sentences flow and reflect the mood of the scene? Is something pulling you out of the story? Do you need to use a different word? Shorter sentences to convey escalating tension? Are you repeating yourself? Would your character really use the words you’ve put into his mouth?
Maybe you’re thinking, ‘I do read my work, but I read it in my head’, but it’s easy to skim over words on a page when reading silently. You’re reading quickly, you know what you think you wrote so you miss mistakes. Speaking the words helps a writer identify typos and continuity errors.
Wherever you are in your current manuscript, pause and read the last chapter aloud. Try it. Then add reading aloud to your editing toolbox.