You know there are no rules for which words get on the page, nor for how you should set about putting them there. But there are tools – and one of the sharpest and most universal is reading your work aloud.
What’s more, it applies to any kind of writing, from poetry and fiction to your doctoral thesis. I’m not talking here about preparing reading for events or reading at events, but about reading aloud, to yourself, as part of the editing process.
Here are some reasons why it’s such a good tool, and some things to help you wield it.