One of the easiest ways to improve your writing at a stroke is to read it aloud before you hit that “send” button.

Here are five reasons for this.

  • Reading aloud forces you to slow down, so you will pick up on typos more easily. It means you’ll read what is on the page rather than what you THINK is on the page.
  • If you’re guilty of using the same word too often, it’s more noticeable if you hear it than if you read it silently.
  • You’ll pick up on sentences that are too long as you’ll start to get out of breath.
  • It helps with punctuation – you should be able to work out if your sentence needs (or doesn’t need) a comma.
  • You’ll “hear” sentences that are a bit clunky as you’ll realise they just don’t sound right