Friday, March 14, 2008

It was a different call.

I got a missed call on my cell phone when I was in a client call. I got all excited, because I thought maybe one of the schools had called me to accept me! Then I listened to the voicemail, and it wasn't.

Instead, I am probably now going to be doing a reading within the month.

I've never done a reading.

I have nothing to read.

I trip over my own words.

Nothing is polished

I'm frightened as shit.

I'm going to puke.


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cyn said...

that's awesome! do the short story that was published maybe? congrats! just recite over and over and you'll do just fine!

vivian said...

I remember the first time I read my own work; I was terrified, too. But a very good friend told me that I had to start doing it because I had applied to an MFA program and I would have to do it there.

Don't just read aloud, angelle; try reading into a tape recorder and playing it back, so you'll get a sense of how the pacing works. I've organized and hosted lots of readings for The Berkshire Review and upstreet. The important thing is not to go too fast; if you find yourself rushing, work to slow yourself down.

Yes, the story that was published would be a good one to read. Another thing you'll find out from listening to yourself is whether there are things in the story that don't come across when read aloud instead of being read by a reader off the page. If there are--if you think the audience won't understand something--then change it before you read it aloud.

Congratulations. After you've done it enough times, you'll get so you enjoy doing it.

vivian said...

Here's an example of what I meant in my earlier comment: Sometimes a story will have a long stretch of dialogue where there are no attributions, but the reader can tell who's speaking because of the alternation of the speeches on the page. When you read something like this aloud, you may have to insert "He said" or "She said" (or the speaker's name) so the reader doesn't get confused.

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