Friday, January 4, 2013
How Many Writers?
How many writers read their work out loud to themselves in the process of creating a work, whether fiction or non-fiction?
How many writers listen to some one else read their work in progress out loud while they sit and just listen to their own words?
One might think that all writers do this, because it is such a useful tool for writing the best sentences and pages and chapters that can be written.
But I don't know if everyone does or no one does.
I do though, and so does el V. I know a few others. All of them are non-fiction writers, incidentally. It's the very best way of catching thuds, that all too often the eye does not process as what they are, as the eye moves along.
Though if voice, pacing, rhythm, tone and style don't matter much or at all to the writer or the writer's readers, it probably is a waste of time? Though one's own experience with manuals and other writing that is intended to be helpful, still it seems that reading the instructions and even the step-by-steps aloud might make for highly improved instruction manuals!