I’m pretty sure they taught us in middle school to read our papers/essays/etc. out loud to help with proofreading.
I’ve been working on my read-it-out-loud-but-mostly-in-your-head voice ever since.
The rhythm, tone, and inflection all matter. Speaking the words, helps you… feel it.
If you need some inspiration, look no further than Frank Sinatra’s “Medley: The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind.”
Listen and think about how every word, note, and phrase is full of choices. How loud or how soft, how spoken or how sung, how hard the k or how essy the s – Sinatra proofread before he performed, no doubt.