Reading Aloud 12: Narrating with first person
- Reading aloud 1: The basics
- Reading Aloud 2: Character voices
- Reading Aloud 3: Narrating
- Reading Aloud 4: Cross-gender voices
- Reading Aloud 5: Working with microphones
- Reading Aloud 6: Recording tricks
- Reading Aloud 7: Breathing
- Reading Aloud 8: Vocal fatigue
- Reading Aloud 9: Things that go wrong
- Reading Aloud 10: Stage presence
- Reading Aloud 11: Making Sense
- Reading Aloud 12: Narrating with first person
- Reading Aloud 13: Sam A. Mowry
- Reading Aloud 14: Stumbling and the Sagan Diary
- Reading Aloud 15: Choices & Compromises while recording Rude Mechanicals
- Reading Aloud 16: The Common Cold
- Reading Aloud: Dealing with stage fright
The tricky thing with reading a story written in the first person is that your narration has the same voice as your main character’s dialogue. There is a simple trick for differentiating when your POV character is narrating and when she is addressing someone else.
For the narration, think, “I am having an intimate conversation in a quiet room.” For the speaking voice, think “I’m talking in a public space.” Without having to do anything fancy, you’ll cause a slight shift in the tone quality of your voice. That sort of shift can serve as a clear marker for which is which.
You’ll want your narration to be more emotionally invested than in most third person stories, but
besides that, it’s pretty much the same as handling any other story.
Yes, it’s a short lesson this week. I’m building a Polar Bear.
Next Friday, I’ll be traveling back to the U.S., so I have an assignment for you.
Download Audacity, which is a very easy (free) digital editing program. Pick one of your short stories and record it using all the things we’ve gone over with these lessons. Then comes the fun part; if you send me the link, I’ll give you a critique.