One of the first tips I learned from my writing mentor Marsha Marks, is to read my stuff out loud. I read my essays to the dog or, if he is unavailable, to the walls. When an essay sounds good enough, sometimes, I call Marsha and read it to her over the phone. As she listens, the good, the bad, and the boring are all revealed. Speaking the words out loud brings the work as a whole into sharper focus.
Really great tip