Reading Aloud

A series of how-to articles for doing readings or recording audio fiction.

Reading Aloud: Dealing with stage fright

Stage fright is one of the most horrible things about reading. It can be debilitating and, what’s worse, it can cause a self-feedback loop that will make the symptoms manifest in different ways. Some people’s knees shake, others can’t breathe, some people forget everything they know… it can be horrible. People suggest things like, “imagine …

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Reading Aloud 15: Choices & Compromises while recording Rude Mechanicals

When Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press asked me to read Kage Baker’s Rude Mechanicals, I was delighted, because I love the Company stories. I was delighted until I started reading the manuscript and realized that the point of view character was male. I skimmed forward, just looking at dialogue. Most of the characters were male. …

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Reading Aloud 12: Narrating with first person

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 …

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