Monday, November 21, 2011
Do You Ever Read Aloud?
I read aloud to my son every night. He LOVES stories and it's always a battle to finish story time. He'd make me read all night if he could.
As I was reading last night, adding accents and varied tones to make it fun, it suddenly struck me how much I was getting out of the experience. I was bringing the story to life. It made me realize just how important reading aloud really is.
I remember reading once, that it is essential to read your finished work out loud. The flow of the work becomes obvious, the punctuation jumps out at you (especially if it's wrong) and the dialogue can be tweaked and perfected until you have a conversation that could be acted out in a movie.
When I read, I often hear each word in my head. I know, that makes me incredibly slow sometimes, but it does make me a good proofreader and mistakes are often glaringly obvious to me.
It's harder to pick up mistakes in my own work, of course, because I know what I want it to say, but reading aloud helps me with this.
Reading aloud also helps me touch on the right emotion. If I verbally act out my dialogue, I know the tone I want to portray. I can easily imagine movements that will add to the mood of the scene and it makes it easier for me to place the characters in an appropriate setting. For some reason, hearing the dialogue works for me.
What works for you?
Do you read your work aloud?