Dyslexic tales · Masters tales

Open mics and reading

Well, I did it. I stood up in front of people and read my stories. So far I have done three. The first was an open mic and I read a story about a serial killer. Then a week or later I went to the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea and read ‘Oil and Water’ which has been published in The Lampeter Review. And then this last week gone I read ‘Fate’ at Dylan Thomas’s Boat House.

So after all that I can safely say that reading is the most terrifying part of writing, especially for a dyslexic. So I thought I’d put down some tips…

  1. First time don’t read more than 1000 words.
  2. Put your paper down so that when you start to shake no one will notice
  3. If you get a word or sentence wrong don’t worry, no one else will know
  4. Take your time
  5. Don’t forget to breathe! 🙂
  6. Print the story in at least 14pt and an easy to read font.
  7. Double space the story
  8. Go over beforehand and put a comma where you want to take a breath.

So if you do all that all you will have to cope with are the nerves and this is where I can’t help. I don’t sleep before I do a reading.

Saying that though if you can read well then the opportunities you can get from just one reading are massive. So give it a go. There will be an open mic somewhere or a festival. I have found that reading is a part of the job of writing and getting published so to have some events on your CV is excellent. Just take your time and look up every now and then. 🙂


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