Last Monday, I wrote about reading aloud. I’m on a bit of a discovery mission and figuring out how to do this well.
I think if you’re an actor or have training as an actor, this might come easy to you. For those of us that have only read aloud to children, it’s hard.
After creating a recording of a short story, I quickly discovered listening to a story is different than reading a story.
When a person reads the story they see the paragraph breaks between speakers. This tells them the speaker has changed. When listening the person doesn’t have the visual to aid in understanding the change of character.
So if you’re not a person who can talk in many voices, what do you do?
I’m trying to add he said/she said in the audio version. Sometimes placing the tag before the spoken sentence instead of after of adding the tag near the beginning. For example:
“Thanks,” Bob said. “I need to hear that.”
The other option is to add a character movement or action before they speak. Something simple like: She sighed.
I’m not sure if this is a proper method for reading aloud.
Any suggestions on how to do this?
Thanks for reading . . .