August 8, 2012

Evaluating Your Own Work, Part Six

Posted in self-evaluation tagged , at 11:07 am by Rebecca Hein

To listen to your writing, you have to put yourself in a different frame of mind than when you’re editing it. In editing, we’re on the watch for errors in punctuation, style, and usage, whereas in listening we simply let our words flow past us.

This takes practice, but just imagine that you’re listening to a piece of music. Once you’re in the midst of your stream of words, your musical instincts—trained or not—will start working, and then you’ll detect your bumps and rough spots without even knowing how you’re doing it.

To cultivate this ability, it’s not necessary to know how it works. Just get started and see what happens.

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