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Friday, January 20, 2012
Do you read aloud?
When I read, the words in my head are filled with expression and emotion and nuance and all that other stuff that I’m sure actors learn so they can deliver Oscar-worthy performances. It’s all there, and, without bragging, it would give Sir Lawrence Olivier as Hamlet a run for his money. It would bring tears to your eyes, I swear.
Sadly, my actual speaking voice was provided by the Monotone3000.
I’m not fond of reading aloud. Never have been, and never will be. When I read, I’m racing ahead to find out what happens, not savouring every syllable like a fine wine. Or a cheap wine. Or any wine.
Hmm, I think I might have a wine.
But reading aloud is good for your WIP. When you slow down, when you listen, you might pick up some things.
Like that gap where you left out a word that your brain auto-filled but your mouth didn’t.
Like that tongue-twister that shouldn’t be there.
Like how come your eyes know the word stymied but your mouth always mispronounces it? And don't get me started on cacophony.
Like the rhythm that falters, and the beat that skips.
(And especially like how every second word is like.)
But, most importantly, using your actual voice helps you to refine your literary voice.
Do you read your WIP aloud?