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Exercise: Sound off!
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Prepared by: Lani Kraus
Posted on: Sun, 11 Mar 2001
Last week we used light -- in many variations -- to illuminate our
passages. But, not everyone responds to visual cues.
Sit down with someone you know. Ask that person to tell you about a
wonderful day when he was pre-teen. Watch his eyes. His eyes may raise
he thinks of images of a special day. His eyes may gaze toward his ears
he listens for the memories. Or, he may lower his eyes, as he recalls
feelings inspired by those special moments. Try a few more questions
tap into his memory, and you'll find a preferred sense that this friend
Most people use their sense of vision most comfortably, but not
everyone. There are certainly those who are most deeply moved and
entranced by sound. So how to reach these potential readers?
Listen to this incredible line by Joyce Carol Oates (from "We Were
"Marianne's pretty face lit up in its customary dazzling smile. "Hi,
Rae!"--the very voice, a lilting soprano, of Caucasian privilege."
I read that line and said to myself, "Holy macanoli! What a line!"
Can you reach a music lover? Can you make me hear bells?, or birds
or perhaps Asian oppression?
For this exercise, write a scene, no more than 300 words, in which
employ sound in order to move and involve your reader.
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