On reading your copy out loud and โ€˜where you falter, alterโ€™

๐Ÿ’Ž On reading your copy out loud and โ€˜where you falter, alterโ€™

Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan has said: ‘Once you’ve finished the first draft of your speech โ€“ stand up and speak it aloud. Where you falter, alter.’ That applies especially to speeches, of course: in that case you’re trying to produce something that’s hard to stumble over when spoken aloud. Tongue-twisters such as โ€˜red lorry, yellow lorry’ are easier on the page than in the mouth. But it is also good advice to the prose writer. There is a developmental connection between reading aloud and reading silently – and there is a neurological one too.

Excerpt from:ย Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page by Sam Leith

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