Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Writing by Ear: Editing and Improving Your Prose

Learn to listen to your prose
Musicians and singers who don't read music can still learn to play. The key is developing an ear for a piece, and studying what happens when you change a note, a chord or the tempo. The same is true for writing. One great way to improve your writing is to read with these three aims in mind: Read your work aloud, read it with breaks in different places, and read it with varied emphasis. Notice how the implied meanings change when you change these elements.

For more on this topic, see "Developing Your Writing Ear."

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