This is just a short post. I’ve been pressed for time and dead beat.
So I ask you. As a writer, do your lips move when you edit? No? Well, maybe it’s time to change your methods.
This week I rediscovered The Art of Reading Aloud. I kinda like that title.
Anyway, I do most of my edits in silence. Shame. Shame. For me, silent edits are similar to skimming a book. I can catch a few of the errors, but quite a bit slips past. But reading out loud is a whole other story. I find so many mistakes when I hear what I read. For one, reading aloud forces me to slow down. No longer the silent skimmer, I articulate each word. Yes it’s time consuming but well worth the efforts when it comes to readability, flow, and style.
So if your lips don’t move while you edit, give it a try. Be your own critter and force those critique partners to work hard to find asinine issues with your work.