Today, I read Hope Clark's latest Funds for Writers newsletter. In it, she wrote an editorial listing things one should do to make their writing improve. While her thoughts were not new, they are ones which should be remembered. Briefly, she mentioned reading your work out loud; making a print copy instead of reading on the computer; take a break from the work and look back at it later; read your printed copy someplace other than your work area; use a thesaurus; and edit one area of your project at a time - e.g. first grammar, then sentence structure, then voice, etc.
What struck me as a great idea, and one I didn't know existed, was the possibility of having your work read back to you when there is no one around to listen. There exists a web site, www.readplease.com. Here you can paste your manuscript into the provided blank, then sit back and listen to your work as it is read to you. If you're like me, you may be shy about reading your "baby" to someone else. Yet, I've learned the importance of hearing your work read out loud. Here is a way not to feel intimidated by reading to someone else, but the experience is greater than simply reading (or whispering) the words to yourself. Try it and see.
Thanks, Hope, for this tip.