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The Read-Aloud


Writing is a sequential process—particularly when editing. I’m coming up to the end of editing my novel before querying agents, and the final step is to read the whole goddamn thing out loud. It’s the last thing I want to do at this point, yet it’s critically important.


Well, for one thing, good writing has a rhythm, and the best way to hear it is to read it out loud. The words and sentences all work together, creating an ebb and flow that (hopefully) carries the reader along effortlessly.

It’s shocking how many changes you’ll make to something that has already been edited a thousand times. Everything affects everything else.

Regardless, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I can see it clearly…