I’m a big fan of famed western and crime novelist Elmore Leonard. I came across a great quote some time ago and it didn’t resonate with me right away. It really hit home, however, when I began reading my first book, Frankly Speaking, as I recorded the audio book.
If it sounds like writing, rewrite it – Elmore Leonard
It is amazing what you uncover when you read your work aloud. I found some of the sentences to be clumsy and even difficult to read at times. (Also, my voice sounded to me like someone was strangling a cat while running their fingernails down a chalkboard).
I had read in another writing tips book to read your work aloud as you rewrite it. I always thought that it was a waste of time, but I am now convinced that it isn’t.
Another tip from Leonard took on additional meaning as I read…
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