Reading your writing out loud is one of the most helpful tools for a writer during the editing process. It allows you to hear the natural rhythm of the words and often find most of the big mistakes early.
By reading aloud, you are forced to slow down, read, and actually acknowledge each word, whereas reading silently, we often skip bits, especially in our own work when we know it by heart.
So, if you are having trouble putting your finger on just where your piece isn’t working, try reading it out loud.
(This is particularly helpful for poetry.)
((Also, I’m really sorry for how inconsistent I am. I am going to try harder and do one post a week at least.))