1280
1024
768
480

3min Writing Tips: StorySLAM winner April 2012

3min Writing Tips: StorySLAM winner April 2012

Has been read
Cassie GonzalesTamar Levi interviews Cassie Gonzales on the craft of writing to perform.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of StorySLAM, it’s a live prose competition in the Epic Rap Battles of History tradition, but with a literary gestalt and a panel of experts.

Winner of StorySLAM April 2012, Cassie Gonzales shares top writing tips in 3 minutes flat.

T: How is it to write to perform for minus 5 minutes only?

C:
Not difficult. With a 1000 word natural arc it wasn’t that much of a stretch to cut out 200.

T: Where do you think that trim arc reflex comes from?

C:
I’ve done a lot of reading and writing and it’s just developed in the way I write stories and my preference for reading short stories. I hit a wall at 1200 words and have to push through if I desire to extend a piece.

T: What challenges do you face when writing with the intent to recite?

C:
I always write with the intention for the piece to be heard aloud. I very much write with my ear. It’s important for me that a story, monologue or script sounds as good as it reads.

T: What tips might you give on the craft of writing for spoken word events?

C:
Start 10 minutes into the actual story. Write broadly and give a handful of specific details, but sparingly.

T: How do you know when to begin a story? Where is 10 minutes into the story arc? 10 minutes read aloud or 10 minutes in the timeline of the setting?

C:
So what I do is, I write as much as I can, and then anything that looks like backstory, I cut out. It’s difficult because you grow to love that history, but you’ve got to be brutal and cut it out.

T: What would you say to a writer about to perform a spoken word event for the first time?

C:
Read clearly. Keep it simple. And make eye contact.

Listen to Cassie Gonzales’s performance here.

www.TamarLevi.com

Next on 3min Writing Tips: Producing Stories for the News
editing
4
Stories
4
writerly groups
2
publishing soirees
4
London
4
Fiction
2
FlashFiction
2
Short Story
2
Tamar Levi
26
Writing Tips
2
3min Writing Tips
4
Writing to Perform Cassie Gonzales CassieGonzales Epic Rap Battles of History How to Write
2
Performance Prose Spoken Word Story Arc Creative Writing
3
StorySLAM playwright

Post a comment

Confirmation code

Readers comments
There are no comments

About

Alaskan raised, Cornish-Jewish, Belgium-based author and illustrator Tamar Levi has spent her life triangulated between desk, bookshelf and easel.Beginning by writing and illustrating whilst studying in London and Cambridge, Tamar also consulted for a leading multinational company. She's now come full circle, back to where she belongs, writing and illustrating again.

Contact

Send me your message using Contact form. Alternatively you can email me on contact[at]tamarlevi.com.