Lucky for me I discovered a brilliant podcast called Snap Judgment on NPR. The show is described as “stories with a beat” and the host is Glynn Washington. He has a wonderful story telling voice, the kind of voice you can listen to all day. Each story has a soundtrack and sound effects. Washington usually leads off the podcast with a story he personally tells followed by a couple other stories from other people that fit into the theme of that podcast. They are a mix of some fiction and some memoir. It is important as a writer to hear stories being told. It allows you to think about your audience. Listening to the stories on Snap Judgment force me to step outside of myself for a moment and consider my own writing. The stories are short; not long stories that have to be committed to for a long period of time. The topic range is so broad that I may listen to a story I may have otherwise skipped over.
Hearing a story read out loud rather than reading it is a simple pleasure, one that reminds me of childhood. And what better way to enjoy a warm evening than lying on the couch listening to a story. Take a moment to change things up and have a story read to you.
Oh…and if you are a writer, you can submit stories to be read and performed on the podcast.
Check out the website: www.snapjudgment.org