How to add a longer pause between words when the sentence doesn't have the right rhythm.

Adding natural pauses can be created by utilizing commas and periods.

Voice actors don’t read sentences exactly how they’re written. They add brief pauses in places where commas don’t exist, and they may pause to take a short breath.

To mimic these pauses and achieve a natural sound, use ​commas ​and ​periods.

💡 Tip: You can also add ellipses (...) after a word to give you "breathing" room.

Commas

Commas ​add pauses in places where a voice actor would make a small, subtle pause. If you find the AI struggling to make a good prediction for adding pauses, insert commas in these places.


Example, before modification:

An interesting question is to ask how long a straight line could be drawn with a typical HB pencil before the graphite was exhausted.

Example, after modification:

An interesting question is to ask, how long a straight line could be drawn, with a typical HB pencil, before the graphite was exhausted.

Periods

Periods ​create a pause as well as a downward inflection. They are best used to break a long sentence up into two pieces, allowing the AI to better predict which words to emphasize.


Example, before modification:

The employer’s obligation under title one is to provide access for an individual applicant to participate in the job application process and for an individual employee with a disability to perform their essential functions, including access to a building, to the work site, to needed equipment, and to all facilities used by employees.

Example, after modification:

The employer’s obligation under title one is to provide access for an individual applicant to participate in the job application process. And for an individual employee with a disability, to perform their essential functions. Including access to a building, to the work site, to needed equipment, and to all facilities used by employees.