Canada Writes·Writing Tip

Editing your work? Read it out loud for better results

Igpy Kin has writing advice for those planning on entering the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize.
The CBC Short Story Prize is open until Oct. 31, 2019. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

This writing tip is from Igby Kin.

"Learn how to read your story out loud. Not only will you become a better editor, you'll also be prepared to read in front of an audience. Learn to read slowly and deliberately. Learn to enunciate. Learn to project. A great reading can make mediocre writing sound transcendent; a bad reading can make incredible writing sound awful."

Igpy Kin is a writer, editor and rabblerouser. They are the writer-in-residence at Loft 112 and a wrangler of other writers in other realms. Their short story Not Even a Mouse was shortlisted for the 2018 Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story. They were a reader for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize.


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