Almost exactly a year ago, when someone else pulled out of doing the top 3, Toolie agreed on short notice to fill in. Here he’s back for the third time doing the top 3. I think we should cheer Toolie on to write something again, don’t you? But for now, you can read some of his work here and here. You can also follow him on Twitter.
Top 3 for week 505 by Toolie
My top three for this week are, and in no particular order:
S is for Speech by Steel Charmer
As someone who also struggles with public speaking – my best man speech of over 30 years ago was so bad that they asked me to give it another go when they had a party to celebrate their 25th anniversary. I’ll not be holding my breath to be asked back for a third attempt if they hit 50 years together!
I rather liked this take on the ‘imagine your audience naked’ concept, I’ve also wondered how this can possibly help matters! But I certainly agree that showing a passion for the subject of the speech does help.
Having said that, I’m not sure why I’m so bad at public speaking, I’m a pretty laid-back, confident sort of chap, but I suppose it has something to do with having had a very bad stutter from about the ages of 7-12 I suppose. Fortunately, I had a very good (and my first crush) English and drama teacher who got me into acting as a way of talking as someone else. Hmm might be a story in this…
Storytelling is an Art by May More on Blogable
This chimes with my own approach to writing. I’m also far less concerned with the ‘rules of writing’ than I am with being engaged, of getting lost in a story with believable characters, dialogue and plot.
I’m currently reading “This is Memorial Device’ by David Keenan, where whole paragraphs can run by without any, or very little, punctuation when one of the characters is on the page. The resulting frantic, breathless, chaotic feeling of the prose beautifully echoes the character.
Cold Speech by C.P. McClennan
As a daydreamer of some note myself, and also a hack golfer back in the day, I rather enjoyed this short tale of a hapless, daydreaming loner, battling with the cold and a dodgy swing. Even if the ‘giving a speech’ part of the challenge was rather shoehorned into the story 🙂
Drama.. this word can mean so much. It can be anything from a drama performed in a theater, to a movie classified as a drama, drama in your life, or drama online. Interpret as you want, or write us a dramatic story!
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