When I write picture books and learn-to-read stories, I definitely read them aloud, because it helps me make sure the story flows and hear how the words sound. Besides, these kinds of stories usually are read aloud. But a novel? Maybe I'd read out small sections, but never the whole thing. Until now.
Here's what I've noticed:
1. Reading a whole novel aloud takes a really long time (especially when I keep stopping to fix things).
2. It's helping me view the story more through the "voice" of my character.
3. It makes it easy to identify and simplify unnecessary words and phrases.
Do you ever read your writing aloud? Do you find it useful?
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