Talk to yourself before your readers

Now that I’m writing in public again, I’m reminded of a simple trick I learned while working with professional writers: read whatever you write out loud. Your ears are much better than your eyes when it comes to finding problems with flow and poor sentence construction.

Personally, I like to write a few paragraphs and then edit them as I read aloud. Another take, one which my friend Jeffrey uses, is to type as you talk. Both accomplish the same goal: creating a post that is easier for your visitor to understand.

At first, this technique will feel a little strange and unnatural since most computer use is non-verbal. But keep talking, because you’ll quickly find it a valuable tool while writing. And thanks to Bluetooth headsets, having a conversation with yourself no longer has the social stigma it once had :-)