Writing Advice

How To Listen To Your Medium Stories Before You Hit ‘Publish’

The best part? You don’t need to leave Medium to do it.

Alex Bentley
4 min readMar 31, 2022

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Do you want to write stories that get a higher read-through rate?

Of course, you do! We’re writers, after all. And we want our words to be read.

That’s why you should read your written content out loud.

This is the same reminder I got when I took an online editing course by Tim Denning and Todd Brison.

This advice for writers isn’t anything new. But the problem with us writers is that we get so caught up in our heads.

Thinking of the words. Typing them out on the screen. Re-reading them again in our heads. Scrutinizing over every sentence, word—and comma.

The problem many writers face, without them knowing it, is they don’t know how their articles or blog posts sound to someone else.

And the best way to know how it sounds to someone else is simple. Read your stuff out loud.

Because the first time you hear your newly written piece spoken out loud is the first time you’re hearing it with a different part of your brain.

A lot of writers don’t do this. I didn’t do this for a long time.

But we really should.

Yeah, yeah. I hear you. You’re probably saying…

“What if I don’t like the sound of my voice?”

Or…

“I’ve tried it before and it doesn’t work for me.”

Or

“I can’t get into the habit of reading my writings out loud.”

Well, Medium has a solution for all these excuses.

But it’s not obvious.

Medium Introduces Text-to-Speech Feature

Earlier this year, Medium launched its Listen feature on all published stories.

You know, just another way to introduce changes on the platform and make its members happy.

But the problem with using the Listen feature is you can’t hear your stories before they're published. Right?

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Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.