Reading Aloud - Austin Kleon ๐Ÿ”—

Reading aloud >I find that reading my work aloud makes it weird enough that I canโ€™t scan or gloss over anything. > Reading to an audience is best, because you start really judging the thing when you have to project it into a room full of people. Quentin Tarantino says he likes to read his scripts to his friends, not for their feedback, but their presence. โ€œI donโ€™t want input, I donโ€™t want you to tell me if Iโ€™m doing anything wrong, heavens forbid,โ€ he says, โ€œBut I write a scene, and I think Iโ€™ve heard it as much as I can, but then when I read it to you โ€ฆ I hear it through your ears, and it lets me know Iโ€™m on the right track.โ€

I use this trick with proofreading texts. Sometimes I have to look at the same thing that’s been sent back and forth about five times, often with a minor change introduced that is easily missed. Reading aloud is one of the only ways to keep my eyes fresh.