August 1, 2012

Evaluating Your Own Work, Part Five

Posted in self-evaluation tagged at 3:59 pm by Rebecca Hein

As we have seen, Ron Kenner’s excellent advice is to “listen for places [in our writing] that call out for more detail.” Or for smoother phrasing, more elegant wording, or clearer ideas.

You can learn to listen to your writing even if you don’t play a musical instrument, and thus are unaccustomed to listening to your own work. The first step is to understand that we all have musical instincts—the ability to hear sour notes, bumpy rhythms, or irregular pacing. This holds true regardless of whether we’re listening to music or to words.

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