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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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msagara
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I like doing readings; it's one of the things I really enjoy.

Which is why I thought trying to do the reading for an mp3 wouldn't be difficult. The problem, as you've pointed in out in sentence two, is that I actually can't stand the way my voice sounds when I playback to check things like volume.

I always, always think of myself as very loud. But, unfortunately, this is not, in a strictly volume sense, true.

And then when I hear myself read a paragraph, I delete it. I think I've gotten two pages max in all the attempts.