Have you ever read your writing aloud in public? I haven’t and am about to.
My short story “When a Friendship Fails” has been nominated for the Capital Crime Writer’s Audrey Jessup. As part of the nomination, the 5 nominated authors are asked to read part of the story aloud. The event is taking place in a pub in down town Ottawa.
The complete story takes 20 minutes to read, and I’ve been given 7 minutes.
I’ve been using Audacity to practice, and to deliver a strong emotional impact, I need to choose if I should read:
- from the beginning
- or the last three scenes
Audacity makes me listen and practice. After I decide which section to read, I can work on the timing.
Here’s my question.
When reading a scene on a page, the reader can see paragraph breaks and knows a new character is speaking. But when listening to a story, the listening doesn’t have the advantage of seeing the paragraph breaks. I’m not an actor who can change the sound of my voice for each character (although I’m trying), so when reading from a finished work, is it okay to add a few he said/she said tags to make it clear who is speaking?
What comes next and is the most nerve-wracking of all: I have to read aloud in front of people.
Thanks for reading . . .