Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Read It Out Loud

The next time you're struggling with "typo blindness" when editing your own work, try reading your work aloud.

I'm serious. Take your writing and systematically read every sentence out loud.

I've found this method works particularly well when I'm close to deadline and I can't find someone else to look over my text. It's also a good stopgap measure when I'm tired and therefore more likely to miss obvious typos and examples of unclear phrasing in my writing.

One final note: you might want to find a private (and soundproof) location to do this in order to shield others from proof of your own insanity.

Have you tried this technique? What have you found helpful or not helpful about it?