Reading a Narrative Out
There are several benefits
in reading your narrative out loud illustrated by Leigh Ryan in
The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, they include:
1. Making sure the words
you hear match and illustrate the experiences you are trying to
express in words.
2. Locating word phrases that do not flow well to help you to
find areas with errors in grammar, coherence, sentence structure,
3. Sharpening your style and writing technique.
Why does reading your narrative
out loud help you to revise and clarify your composition? In his
article entitled "Collaborative Learning and the 'Conversation
of Mankind,' " Kenneth A. Bruffee describes the relationship
between speech and writing.
Conversation is speech and discussion
between people; however, individuals also have conversation within
their own mind. Often times, this is called reflective thought.
Narrative writing is primarily
reflective in nature, and therefore, narrative writing can be
linked to internal conversation.
By reading your narrative out loud
to yourself and to others, you are listening to an internal conversation.
To fully understand and evaluate
an internal conversation, you must recognize it is speech and
not only critique its content but reflect on how it sounds and
flows as well.
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