Early in the book Stein on Writing by esteemed author and editor Sol Stein, we get a tip for how to improve the quality of our writing:

Wilmer Stone read our stories to us in a monotone, as if he were reading the pages of a phone directory. What we learned with each stab of pain was that the words themselves, and not the inflections supplied by the reader, had to carry the emotions of the story.

Today I … council my students to have their drafts read to them by a friend who has the least talent for acting, and is capable of reading words as if they had no meaning.

As an even better method of having your draft read aloud, use a Text-to-Speech app. This provides you with a narrator that reads your words in an awkward monotone, and won’t tire out like your friend with no acting talent.

Here’s a sample:

 

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