I wrote 1,300 words of the novel tonight (yay!) and then started randomly surfing the web (as you d0) and stumbled across a piece of software that an author had recommended to help you proof-read your novel. I was sceptical but, as it was free, decided to check it out anyway.
The Good News
It does what it says on the tin - you paste your text into the software (which downloads quickly) and press the play button and it reads it out.
The Bad News
It reads it out in a Stephen Hawkin type voice which doesn't make for the most natural pronunciation.
The Really Bad News
When I listened to the first 3,000 words of my novel I noticed two errors - one of them in the second sentence (I'd written 'look' instead of 'looked') and a similar error further down the first page. Crap.
Ah well - am definitely going to use this software in future (Stephen Hawkins voice or no Stephen Hawkins voice). When you hear as opposed to read your novel the errors really stand out.
If you want to give it a go here's the URL: http://www.readplease.com/