The latest in our weekly blog series about this reasoned habit of making... Sorry, totally stole that from Aristotle. About writing, friends.
Read Aloud, Read Aloud
I am constantly told by everyone that one must always read aloud one's work before one completes it. This sounds like a great idea. I've done it about once. I don't have the patience to read stuff aloud, though perhaps I'd publish more fiction if I did...
The point is, there are so many different techniques to writing that it truly is your call. The only thing you can do is try them all out and figure what works. I'm not a moral relativist, but when it comes to art techniques, I am. Pretend that ten people are all given the same amount of clay in a pottery making place. The textures of the clay are all different. The people's ideas are all different. Therefore, you will most certainly end up with ten unique pieces of pottery at the end of the session.
There is good art and bad art. Good writing and bad writing. But heck, nobody really knows the absolute bestest way to get to either one. In the meantime, try lots of things. Maybe even reading aloud.