You'll be reading this when I'm out of town, visiting my daughter. She's the one who prompted these thoughts, though.
We had a discussion at least a year ago, maybe more, on contractions. I was saying that, of course, one writes a lot of contractions in dialog because that's how people speak. The more casual and regional the speech, the more contractions, at least for Texas-speak. My daughter replied that contractions slow her down when she reads.
Huh? I asked how that happened. Turns out, she doesn't actually hear the words as she reads. She reads super fast and is capable of reading a whole novel in a sitting, if it isn't extra long. She quickly scans the pages and takes in the meaning, but doesn't feel any rhythms.
I'm exactly the opposite. I read my stuff out loud as I'm writing it. Sort of like reciting it to my fingers on the keyboard. In fact, when I read books by Garrison Keillor, it takes me forever. I know how slowly he talks, delivering his Prairie Home Companion monologs, and I hear his writing in his voice.
I must say, I was astonished to learn this. I thought everyone heard the words and the rhythms. Not so! The only way I can write is to the rhythm, so that won't change, but I appreciate that not everyone will care whether my sentences have cadence or not. Some of them might be slowed down by my dialog.