This technique from this post in the Live to Write – Write to Live blog rings true. Read your work out loud. You’ll be amazed at what you find.
The kids are all back at school, Marc is out of town, and I have reserved this week to do a final edit of my manuscript.
“But how do you do that?” my son asked me last night at dinner.
Behold the new “Red Pen”
“Well,” I told him, “I start on page one and I begin to read the entire thing out loud.”
And then, I explained, I look for areas where there are continuity breaks. For example when I was working on a chapter yesterday I noticed that I had written about “taking Motrin *again*” and yet I hadn’t mentioned any previous times that we had taken it. Oops – I went back and added that first instance.
Gone are the days of using a red pen, now I read out loud from the screen to find words that have been dropped and spellings that made it through…
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