In my first year of journalism school, one of my reporting instructors had an interesting way of reviewing my copy (and that of the other students in my year). Instead of reading it himself, he’d h…
I like this article by Scott Nesbitt. I admit that I do this, even if it’s reading it aloud in my head. I’m often told that my writing resembles my speaking patterns, so I trust that this is true. All of Scott’s points in this article are the very reason that you should read your work aloud, especially if it’s a longer piece of content. Does it make sense if someone read it aloud to you? I would think that in tech comm, this is especially true for those working on writing manuals or help files. I often say that if your grandparents can’t understand what you are writing about, then how can anyone else? This is a good practice for making sure that even grandma and grandpa can understand your content.
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