We’re going to take a break today from the regular Critique Technique posts to explore some very cool tools.
If you’ve been writing for any time at all, you’ve probably heard the advice that you should read your work out loud, or have it read to you. The reason is that you’ll hear (literally) the things that go bump or clank in the text that you might not have discovered otherwise. Your brain processes information through different channels when in comes in through your ears versus your eyes and that can be truly eye- (or should that be “ear-“?) opening.
Up until recently, using this technique required one or more of the following things:
- A place where you could talk to yourself without getting funny looks.
- A reduced sense of self-consciousness.
- An understanding or–even better–helpful sp...