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    Forget singing. Try reading aloud to yourself in the bathroom.

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | July 19, 2007

    So my editor, my agent and my friends have all recommended that I read the manuscript to myself out loud as I do the final fine-tooth line-editing. When you read it out loud, it is like music. If something is off, you can tell immediately. Each paragraph, sentence, word has to justify its existence in this world. Each sentence has to flow from the one immediately preceding it.

    One friend does this all the time apparently. She just got her manuscript back from the copyeditor and was hurrying off to read it to herself again. Before she rushed off, near the end of our IM conversation, she typed in:

    I recommend the bathroom
    good acoustics.

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