I was helping a client format some documents in which they were advising on speech making. One phrase stuck out, to read aloud before declaring the speech done and ready to deliver.

It reminded me that this is very useful advice to any writer, even if you aren’t going to be reading it out loud yourself. It really helps with inputting the right punctuation, which leads to making sure the text actually makes sense.

When editing I always read through as though I’m delivering a bedtime story or speech, it is very helpful in revealing idiosyncrasies and mis-translations. Particularly though, it stops  my brain from making assumptions about what my eyes might just skim.