Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Writer's voice...

Reading aloud is a great way to proofread your writing. But let’s face it - most of us don’t like doing it. Reading your work aloud often feels stupid and awkward. The answer - let the computer do it for you…

Turns out there is a lot of text-to-speech software (TTS) available. Apparently it’s easy to download and even easier to use. So if you don’t want to hear your own voice, give it a go.

A quick ‘google’ search came up with these…

Read Please
Next Up
Natural Readers

But I haven’t had time to try any of them. Has anyone else used text-to-speech software. What do you think? Any recommendations?

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Yvonne Russell said...

Hi Liz
Off topic, but thought of you when I saw this. Ziki looks like a good free marketing tool with possibilities for writers.

I blogged briefly on it at

Re the reading aloud, there is also software which works the other way round. You read and it ends up as text.

Dragon Naturally Speaking
is the main one, but XP also has a voice function.

Yvonne Russell


Hi Yvonne, thanks for info. Will check it out.

Cheers, Liz

Glenda Watson Hyatt said...


I've used Readplease for exactly this purpose. It definitely helps, and there is a free version. Now I'm using TextAloud with NeoSpeech's Kate voice. I love her; she sounds sexy!

Let Me know if you have any questions.


Hi Glenda, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Think I'll try out the Readplease some time soon. Will let you know what I think.

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