read it in someone else’s voice : ADHD

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I have always sucked at reviewing my own writing. I can catch typos and really egregious mistakes that look obviously wrong, but I’ll fail to notice that an incomplete sentence in the middle, because I skim too fast and my brain fills it in for me.

Last night, I had to send a really important email, so naturally I was anxious about making a mistake. Luckily, I figured out a trick to help me review: I read the whole thing in Hermes Conrad’s voice in my mind. And you know what? It actually worked! I read every word, caught a few issues, and actually got it sent out much faster than normal.

I think it works because it tricks my attention. Focusing on the voice forces me to slow down and think about how every word should sound, but it’s also entertaining so I don’t feel too annoyed by doing it. If I start losing focus, I can play around with different voices, and see which one is most amusing or sounds the best. From experimenting, I’ve found Hank Hill, Obama, or a generic overdone British accent also work well.

Have any of y’all tried this before? Or figured out another trick to solve the same issue?

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