Writing is tricky. It can be tough to find the right sequence of words to convey your thoughts and ideas. A sentence might make sense as you type it out, but reading it out loud can be a different story. To improve your writing, make sure it sounds good when read aloud.
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Over at Fast Company, author Laura Vanderkam offers a few tips for effective speaking, but her tip to “write strategically” is solid writing advice in general:
Even when people are reading something silently to themselves, they are actually saying the words in their heads. That means that writing that will sound good read aloud comes across as good writing, even if it is never read aloud.
One way to implement this is to simply read what you’ve already written and make sure it’s coherent. However, I also use my computer’s text-to-voice function to read my writing out loud. Hearing my words from a third-party makes it easier to spot odd phrasing. I also sometimes use voice typing to write from scratch (you can find this in Google Docs under Tools > Voice Typing). If you have a hard time getting words out of your head, saying them out loud can make it easier to structure your writing.
Vanderkam offers additional tips in her full post at the link below.