Read your work out loud.
You'll learn more by reading it once aloud, than in a dozen silent readings. You'll sink into the rhythm and find where it misses. The "right word" will suggest itself to you, replacing another. You'll be mining your listeners, intuitively, for bits of understanding. Where do they laugh? When are they silent? Is it the silence of understanding, or the silence of confusion? How are they breathing? Your understandings will multiply.
1) Find someone to read your writing to. Not just any someone, an encouraging someone. An entire group is even better!
2) Read a draft of writing out loud to yourself before revising.
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