Jamesaritchie – 2007-06-14 10:07 AM
I don’t read aloud, just silently in my head. If you really want to know how your story sounds, have someone else read it aloud. When you read your own work, you likely read it the way you intended it to sound. When someone else reads it, they have no clue how you intended it to sound, and they read it as it’s actually written.
It can be rather traumatic to have others read your work aloud, but it can teach things you won’t learn any other way.
Reading aloud works for me when I’m trying to do one of two things:
1. Get the right rhythm. I’m sure you’ve noticed I have a penchant for run-on sentences and comma abuse!
2. When I need the right word or phrase. Sometimes reading that portion aloud is all I need to find it.
I’ve never had anyone read my work aloud to me, though. That would be traumatic but I can see the benefit of it.