Originally posted by HoiLei:
Whether it's prose or poetry, we don't know how it flows 'til we try it on the tongue. Many times, reading aloud helps us catch things like...
- Copy/Paste mistakes, from moving whole passages on the computer.
- Excess use of adverbs. (They look great, but when you read it aloud all you hear is "ly"! Better used with care.)
- Aural dissonance. Sometimes the words are fine but the sounds clash or jar against each other. Other times you find you've created unintentional tongue-twisters!
- Overuse of a character's name when a pronoun would do, or too many pronouns and not enough names!
- Continuity issues. For those who, like me, don't write in order, reading the whole thing aloud highlights holes! For some reason it works better than reading silently, probably because we're paying more attention.
- Missing commas... 'cause we type fast and don't think about clauses!
If you don't want to look like a weirdo muttering in a corner, try reading aloud to family. Everyone likes storytime! While you're reading aloud, you can find and correct errors, and when you're done you might even get feedback!
Well, anyway, my title said it all!