We’ve heard that we should read aloud to ourselves. And we absolutely know this works. We are able to hear our mistakes, rewrite and hear it a different way to see if it sounds better.
But how many of us actually do it?
Back in the day (as my students say), copy-editors and writers read the work aloud with one another or within a group to catch mistakes before publications. Some critique groups do this as well.
When I read aloud, it sounds the way I think I want it to sound. It helps me to have someone else read it to me while I’m reading it on the screen.
This is what I suggest. Microsoft word has a setting that will read the text to you. I’ve found this incredibly helpful.
There are a number of programs if you don’t have microsoft or can’t stand the monotone.
Some writers record themselves reading the story, then listen to it while they reread in order to catch mistakes.
Let’s be honest – we all make mistakes. And to be more honest – it doesn’t look good in publication. Unfortunately, I’ve sent things out with mistakes. Fortunately, I’ve had some great editors (and publishers) who called my attention to these errors.