Monday, February 20, 2012
Reading It Out Loud
When I reach the "read it out loud" portion of revising, I find myself equally looking forward to it and dreading it. With my manuscripts, I usually revise one round on the computer, and then print it out and attack it with the red pen. I read it once before I print it out, then two more times before I go through the second draft.
That sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Well, it is, but I take it a chapter at a time, and I don't do all the reading at once (tried that, it did NOT work for me). I have always found mistakes that I doubt I would have had I not read out loud. So, it's kind of a pain, but it's made my work better too.
How many times do you read your manuscript out loud before you're satisfied?