Category : Writing

FAIRY, FAERY, OR FAERIE?

I’m working on yet another fairy voice project. It seems fae-folk are my forte lately. Totally cool, but I do have one puzzling question:

Is it FAIRY… FAERY… or FAERIE?

I found some information online. Some people say that “fairies” are totally different creatures from “faery/faeries.” Others say “faery/faerie” is the Middle-English/Old-French spelling, and that today’s spelling is “fairy.”

What spelling do you think is correct and why?


Image Source: Spirit of the Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw

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VOICEOVER SCRIPT TIP: DATES

How do you read the date 01/20/2018 aloud?

Did you read it as one, twenty, twenty-eighteen

OR…

Did you read it as January 20th, twenty-eighteen?

How about January 20th, two-thousand and eighteen?

Zero one, two zero, two zero one eight?

Or one, twenty, two-thousand eighteen?

To get the date read exactly how you want it in your voice over recording, write how you’d like it said in your script. That way you’ll never have to worry about needing a re-record simply because your voice over actor didn’t say the date the way you prefer.

More script tips later!


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VOICEOVER SCRIPT TIP: CONVERSATIONAL

Unless your script is for a formal project (like technical training), going conversational is usually best.

Why? Most people find it pleasing to listen to speech that sounds like a natural conversation… you know… like a friend talking to a friend.

One of the easiest ways to keep your script as conversational as possible is to use contractions. I’m talking about combining words like we do in natural speech.

I’M instead of I AM

DON’T instead of DO NOT

You get the idea. Here’s an example:

If you are looking to get more clients for your business,
wishing is not the best strategy.

This line reads much better when you use contractions:

If you’re looking to get more clients for your business,
wishing isn’t the best strategy.

Not only will contractions make your informational voice over scripts read better, but they’re nicer on the ear of listeners too.

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VOICEOVER SCRIPT TIP: SOUND CHECK

Need an easy way to ensure a smooth voice over script that flows?

Read it aloud before sending it out for recording! It makes the difference between awkward and polished.

When you read your script aloud, you’ll notice things you may not notice when writing it, or reading it in your head. Look for:

  • Too many repeated words. (I once booked a three-sentence project. The person who wrote the script didn’t even notice the word “actually” was in every sentence. We took two out, and the script went from awkward to polished.)
  • Whether contractions would make your script sound more conversational and less formal. (“Don’t” vs. “do not”… “I’m” vs. “I am”.)
  • If some of the sentences are too long to get your point across. (If you have a sentence that is 50 words long, people will lose the point.)
  • Whether your script accomplishes its purpose. (To sell, to inform, to entertain, etc.)

Take a minute to read your script aloud before sending it out for recording. I promise… you’ll be so happy you did!

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VOICEOVER SCRIPT TIP: PRICES

Read the following line from a voice over script out loud:

“All for the low price of $24.99.”

Which way did you read it?

“All for the low price of twenty-four ninety-nine,”

OR…

“All for the low price of twenty-four dollars and ninety-nine cents?”

Know where I’m going here? When you include prices in your voice over script (and you want the prices said a certain way by your voice actor), you’ll get the results you’re looking for on the first read if you write out the actual words.

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