Have you ever read your work out loud? Not in your head, but you know, verbally? If you've never taken speech classes before and don't do a lot of public speaking to begin with, I'd suggest practicing. Even if you're not going to join the DFW Writers' Workshop (which I dare to ask WHY NOT? So what if you live in another state! ;P ) if you plan on being a published author, or are one already (which those that are probably already know this), you will want to have book signings, and book readings. So, practice talking as slow as possible, because when you read really slow and add your nervousness, it will probably come out sounding where it needs to be.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My fellow writing friend, Chandler Craig, joined the DFW Writers' Workshop this week and I had the pleasure of attending it with her on Wednesday. She recently posted on her blog about the experience and I highly recommend you take a read! She did a great job detailing the experience as a first timer, and the lay out of the workshop and what we do there. She also goes into how nerve racking a first time read can be. I can attest to that. Anyone who is a member there has had their "first read". I think anyone who types or thinks fast probably speaks fast, ten times more so if they're nervous. This was my case, and as you can read in Chandler's blog, hers as well (though I really think she did awesome for her first read!).