It's an old and honoured tradition. Gustave Flaubert put every line he wrote through this test. Not only of saying it aloud out but shouting it. He called it the "gueuloir", the 'bellower'. As a result, his literary style is held as one of the finest in French literature.Useful advice overall & I particularly liked the part about reading the first line aloud to yourself to see if the hook felt right.
I'm not convinced it's necessary to shout it. I tend to use a voice appropriate to the mood it's conveying. For example, someone wanting to pass on information without anyone else, other than the intended listener, overhearing will probably whisper. So I whisper in this instance.It's an old and honoured tradition. Gustave Flaubert put every line he wrote through this test. Not only of saying it aloud out but shouting it.
Ah. Well caught.I had forgotten it was the opening line of Six East End Boys.
A feeling I'm sure all of the writers for Sealion have shared at some point.Mind you, he's also infamous for once rejoicing about having managed to write all of ten lines of one of his novels in a day.
The trick to pop culture is to keep it varied, brief, and moving. Jokes about hobbiest woes can easily sit next to Melville and millitaria memetics, but the catch is that in the example the jokes are varied, buried in sound style, and acknowledged as jokes. If the audience laughs, bravo: just make sure they laugh with you and not at you.Advising writers to be careful using pop culture references is helpful too (especially old ones, it alienates a portion of the prospective readership).