If you're not a writer or a computer nerd, just skip this. Really.
I'm editing my book (and being doing so for a long while). It's very near done and still a very slow process.
About six hours ago, I bought a text-to-speech program online for $50 (NaturalSoft, for what it's worth. I have no idea if there are better ones). Honestly, it doesn't work too well in Word, at least not when two word files are open at the same time, but it works just fine when you cut and paste text.
It took me two days to get through about 30 pages. Tonight, using this program and having my book read to me while I looked at it, I swear things went at least three times as fast. That number is an estimate, but it's not an exaggeration. I got through 50 pages tonight!
Not only that, but I know I did a better job catching things I would never have noticed from just reading the text.
And here's why: because the damn thing doesn't stop (unless you want it to, like when you have to make substantial changes). Slow and steady. It's like being on an assembly line of your own words. I felt like cross between John Henry and Laverne De Fazio.
But now it's almost 6am and I'm off to bed.