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Improve Your Text by Reading It Aloud

A free editing tool

Read your text aloud before sending it into the world.

I always do it.

Reading my stories aloud helps me spot problems in my writing. First off, it helps me notice whether my sentences are of different lengths. If I sound too fragmented, for example, that means I’ve used too many short sentences one after the other. If I find myself gasping for air, that might be a signal my sentences are too long or my punctuation needs attention.

I also spot bits that don’t work, typos, missing words or extra ones I can cut. Do I sound assertive? Arrogant? Friendly? Blunt? I’d never know if I didn’t give my story a voice.

Reading aloud is a useful (and free) editing tool.

Use it to improve your writing and ship a better text to your readers.

Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.