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I have spent the last two days trying, off and on, to record myself reading, because I had this totally stupid idea that I would make an .mp3 of it and put it on my web-site.

What I have discovered--or rediscovered as the case may be--is that I cannot stand the sound of my recorded voice. I've tried reading first chapters and the beginnings of short stories, and all I can say is I have profound gratitude for the people who like my writing--or me--enough to sit through an hour of me reading out loud.

And now, writing looks like it will be so much less of a disaster, and holding that thought, I'm going to write.

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_ocelott_
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
This is why I've always thought the writer's advice of reading your work out loud and listening to it on playback to try to find writing tics and things is nuts. How can people stand listening to themselves for long enough to get any notes worth taking out of the exercise? Yecch.

(I think your reading voice is just fine, by the way, but I understand hatred for hearing yourself recorded.)