Sunday, July 12, 2009

Well read

Neil Gaiman gives the best advice on reading aloud here.
Have you ever heard him read? Sooooo good. His tips will help anyone--whether you are reading to a child, at a booksigning or to a critique group. So link on over and get advice from the master. Any personal reading aloud tips you want to share? Or moments you'd rather forget? heh-heh

10 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

oh good! I totally can use some advice in reading aloud! My kids claim my husband is better!

Andrea Cremer said...

I'm so happy to see this link. I follow Gaiman's blog and thought his latest post on reading was wonderful!

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MG Higgins said...

So glad to get some reading advice. I get so nervous when I read my work aloud that my voice shakes.

Davin Malasarn said...

I've gotten a great tip that I've been afraid to mention. But, I had the chance to learn to do public readings with a profession voiceover recorder. One thing that he does is practice reading the piece with a wine cork between your teeth. It's very helpful. You sound dumb while you're doing it, but afterwards you enunciate everything perfectly. Just please don't choke! That's my only concern! You've been warned. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

PJ--Okay, now you have a challenge. Secretly practice with Gaiman's advice (maybe Davin's, too!) and knock those socks right off your kids.

Andrea--One of my favorite things is to listen to Neil Gaiman read....I love, love, love "Wolves in the Wall."

Melissa--I find myself getting stronger, more assured with regular critique reading. You can practice alone reading aloud to get a feel for the pace and voice.

Davin--That is the *bestest* comment ever. I must get me a cork!

Robyn Campbell said...

I love to practice, but I feel silly sitting at my computer reading aloud. If I could get over that feeling, I think I could do pretty good. And writers simply MUST read their work out loud. I like Davin's idea too. Think I'll try it. :) If y'all never hear from me again. you'll know what happened! :)

PJ Hoover said...

So Davin, if I do the wine cork thing, can I drink the bottle of wine first?

I must try this! Particularly next time I'm out to a writer's lunch or happy hour.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Robyn--Silliness abounds, and I'm really lovin' it. Do like PJ says and drink the wine first.

PJ--I'm getting tipsy just reading all this!

So since I had no cork at hand, I stuck my thumb between my teeth (I did not bite it off). This is hysterically funny to do, and I think it should be recorded. We can have a podcast....

PJ Hoover said...

I'm in!

thespectacleblog said...

Cool! Thanks for the link.

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