This is my confession that I was wrong. I recently recorded five radio scripts for the publisher of Not Quite Healed. The publicist chose segments for me to read in 35–40 seconds.
As I read in preparation, I was shocked at some of my bad sentences. I understood them only while reading them aloud.
Here are two that I'm embarrassed to have written.
First, it's a good thing I didn't see everything in the beginning . . . Notice the double thing and I started with a weak, It's.
It would have been a better sentence if I had written it this way: I didn't see everything in the beginning and that was good."
In another script, my sentence read, "We lived with our hidden anguish for years." Not a bad sentence, but it has the wrong emphasis, so I changed it to read: For years, we lived with our hidden anguish.
When I read aloud,
my ear catches what my eye misses.