3 Major reasons you should before you hit the publish button.
Probably like you, I didn’t start doing this all the time even when I knew it was important — one of those things we know is important but still not take it seriously most time. Over time, however, I realize that most of my best works are those I manage to read aloud before I published them.
The truth is, reading your draft out aloud is the most effective way that helps your writing sound like you talk. And once you can do that, you’re miles ahead of most writers. By so doing your readers develop a good impression of you and your writing gives them an experience difficult to live a day without. And that’s how we get addicted to reading some writers.
During my early days on Medium, there were about four writers I was found of. Of the four of them, I was addicted to everything that Anthony Moore wrote on just ANY topic. Even though I enjoy reading those of others, there was something different about Anthony’s: it was as if he were in the same room with me discussing the topic. That’s was the formula behind the addiction factor in his stories.
Now, do you want to give your readers that experience? Then you need to take time out and read your work aloud until it sounds like you talking.
In her book, Read Like a Writer, Francine Prose wrote:
“Read your work aloud, if you can, if you aren’t too embarrassed by the sound of your voice ringing out when you are alone in a room. Chances are that the sentence you can hardly pronounce without stumbling is a sentence that needs to be reworked to make it smoother and more fluent.
A poet once told me that he was reading a draft of a new poem aloud to himself when a thief broke into his Manhattan loft. Instantly surmising that he had entered the dwelling of a madman, the thief turned and ran without taking anything, and without harming the poet. So it may be that reading your work aloud will not only improve its quality but save your life in the process.”
It can’t be better put.
3 Reasons To Read Your Work Out Aloud.
It’s the surest way to check if your writing sounds like you talk.
It’s easier to know how you talk through your ears than through your eyes. So to objectively access whether your writing has the conversational effect that makes a reader feels your presence, read it out loud to yourself.
You can as well use a recorder and replay after the first session of reading aloud.
Errors are more easily detected when they sound.
It’s said that two are better than one. When you read aloud not only is your ear listening to the sound of each sentence, your eyes are also observing the construct. And here’s what happens, the error the eyes skips, the ear picks and what the escapes the ears the eyes detects.
So you have two sensitive detectors working to get the weed out of your draft and make it an enjoyable and reader-friendly piece.
Your work standout in quality readers in readers’ experience.
The same way I was captivated beyond explanation with Anthony Moore’s stories, your readers, even when they read the works of others, will have a special taste bud for yours.
As your writing sounds the way you talk and the weed taken off by your two inbuilt error detectors, aided by other editing apps like Grammarly or ProwritingAid, your work will stand out from the crowd.
Before you go, I leave you with the words of Francine Prose:
“Reading your work aloud will not only improve its quality but save your life in the process.”