A new week is here and I started my day with Audible.com in the car this morning. Having the option of listening to my favorite reads during long drives is a saving grace. I can still stay caught up with my favorite authors, and use my time wisely. I also like to think listening brings me back to David Mamet’s example of telling stories around the camp fire.
This leads me to the next question, will hearing your story out loud change anything? Remember, when our teachers told us to recite our words out loud in class? I think this technique will help us with our grammar (writers can make the worst editors), and we will hearing if there’s anything missing. This method allows you to become the actor and ask if the lines make sense?
Going back to our December MasterClass, actors shouldn’t struggle with how they should act when reciting your lines. The words should flow off their tongue and they should become lost in your story. If they have to ask, how should I act while going over your words, then something needs to change in your writing.
David’s advice leads to a new kind of beta testing. Have some friends or actors read your story out loud and ask them, does this make sense? It might be easier to find plot holes or words that don’t quite fit.
I’m off to my own plot as I move forward with my characters into the next chapter. Follow as I post on my progress throughout the month and share the experience.