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Listening to my writing helps me in tw o ways. I read aloud my discovery draft as a storyteller, listening for emotion and flow of action and "hearing"  what is dramatically missing. After the first draft, I listen as I read along and pause to correct. Then I relisten with my eyes closed focusing on the words.

 

Listening should be done over a period of time so you dont sutomatically fill in words,

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On 11/5/2021 at 11:42 AM, Johne said:

Concur. (I use NaturalReader in headphones.)
https://www.naturalreaders.com/software.html

 

I'll have to give this a try. I've always used Adobe read-out-loud. I remember using a free plug-in voice called "BBC News." After a while I had to switch it out because it was too good. I was just too memorized by the wonderful British accent and started missing errors. 🤩  

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Long ago I learned wise authors always read out loud. I like to read my short articles to whichever family member is handily nearby. I even spent extra time over at my mom's house reading my book to her. I did this with my own voice (I'm planning to record my audiobook over the holidays) and again with a reader. Anything that helps catch strange wording and missing commas is great.

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Question:   In reading your own words, do you include inflections, pauses, etc. where you intended, but they don't exist in the mind of your readers?  Instead, should you listen to someone else reading your work, so you learn if they interpret inflections, pauses, etc. as you intended?  Is it a way to learn if your readers are "following the flow" of your story?  My first thoughts.  Thank you for offering this topic!

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1 hour ago, William Robert said:

Instead, should you listen to someone else reading your work, so you learn if they interpret inflections, pauses, etc. as you intended?

I use NaturalReader (from a pleasant Scottish accent) to read my work back to me. It's very helpful pointing out areas where I would have inflected things differently were I reading the work out loud, so I can polish the ebb and flow of the text for greater effect.
https://www.naturalreaders.com/software.html

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