Listening to Your Writing

Fact: You want your writing to sound natural. Whether it is highly stylized or totally realistic, your prose should never be convoluted or overwrought. You want the reader to work to understand the deeper meaning of what you say, but no one should have to struggle with how you’re saying it.

Fact: When you read your writing out loud, you find the snags in its construction. Speaking your words out loud takes them from inside your head and forces you to hear how they sound to everyone else.

Fact: Nicholas Sparks’s writing has flow. It has readability for days, and that’s a big part of why people love reading his work.

We’ve got the opening of the audiobook version of The Best of Me, Sparks’s newest novel. Listen and tell us in the comments: what are the most elegant passages? What turns of phrase go together perfectly?

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