It's the day of your reading.
You're running through your mental checklist. You're a little nervous. You're stressed about how many people are going to show up. You've tried on three different outfits and none of them seem right. And amidst all this you're expected to deliver to the audience a captivating performance.
How? Well, hopefully a mixture of great writing, a receptive crowd, and a smidge of charisma. But how can you increase your odds in each of those three categories?
Carrie Etter has written an article that might help you boost the magic and trim the fat from your next reading.
It's called "Things Not to Do When Reading Your Poetry to an Audience
" — and while it mentions poetry in the title, the same rules apply no matter what genre you're reading. Check out the article in its entirety HERE
, or read my quick summary below.
At your next reading,..
1. do NOT go over your allotted time.
Keep an eye on the clock.