Your readers won’t be likely to read your story out loud, so why should you? Why should you read out loud during revision?
Simply put, it will help you catch things you may not otherwise notice.
When you read it in your head, you know how it should sound and what you are trying to say, so you don’t stumble as you read. When you read out loud during revision it makes you slow down, and you will be more capable of recognizing your own mistakes. You will learn more and better understand how your novel is working.
3 Convincing Reasons to Read Out Loud During Revision
Read Out Loud During Revision to Catch Redundancy
As you begin to read out loud during revision, you will pay more attention to your word choice. You will be more likely to notice if you keep using the same word, phrase, or description. You will notice if several sentences say essentially the same thing.
Noticing redundancies will help your writing be more concise and your word choice more original and variable.
Bonus Tip: Pay attention to body language and revise redundancies.
Read Out Loud During Revision to Catch Awkward Wording
When you read out loud during revision, it can help you reword awkward sentences. If you stumble over a sentence, your reader will too. Reading out loud can also help you catch sentences that might not be interpreted the way you intended.
Bonus Tip: Pay attention to your placement of the word only.
Read Out Loud During Revision to Catch Style Elements
You will pay more attention to sentence length. Do you have lots of long sentences together? What about too many short sentences. Too many sentences of similar length can bore a reader. Try and even the way certain words sound. You may want to revise your word choice to have softer or harsher sounds depending on the scene. A gentle scene should have calm words or sounds Think the letters S and L. Like soft, sooth, lullaby. A fast paced, dramatic, or violent scene may be better off with harsh sounds. Think Ks, hard Cs, the Gr sound. Crash, crack, grasp.
Bonus Tip: Pay attention to your use of white space.
Do you read out loud during revision? How does it help you?