Over at The Scientist, experts give advice on how to make your manuscript a more enjoyable read. First, follow some age-old writing traditions such as sitting down for a set amount of time each day, say 15 to 30 minutes, to write and also reading what you've written out loud. "All our prose should move in the direction of being more conversational," says New Mexico State's Tara Gray, though she acknowledges that being too casual should also be avoided.

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