Recently I was editing an audio transcript that a client is turning into a book. The information was excellent, and I’m sure it made a great teleseminar. However, it never fails to amaze me how the spoken word can be given so much more meaning and clarity simply by altering your pacing, tone and emphasis. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t translate as well into the written word. Audio transcripts produce a fun written editing task, one where I am frequently changing words for greater specificity and clarity, eliminating run-on sentences, and eliminating ambiguous pronoun references.
So, remember that reading your writing aloud helps make sure your writing is clear, but the opposite isn’t always true..spoken words don’t always make for clear writing.