As I considered what to write today for the topic of VOICE, I clicked back through some old blog posts, and decided that I'd simply repost one from several months ago. Why? Because voice is a hard concept to explain, and if you really want to learn what it is - - you need to read... a lot.
How then do you gain your own VOICE? Really get into the head of your characters. Know them. Create conflict. Edit until you're blue in the face. Practice.
Here's the repost on VOICE:
Many writers discuss the topic of "voice." Many agents say they will only sign a writer with a strong "voice."
What is "voice" and how do you get it? Well, the answer to that is quite vague, and you could spend days blog hopping and researching to find a "maybe" kind of answer. However, after reading one issue of Glimmer Train from cover to cover, I understand much better what "voice" is. And, I think I'll start reading the next issue right away, because I've learned more about voice from this one issue than I have from any other form of reading or research I've done on the topic.
If you want to read great stories, buy a copy. If you want to improve your writing craft, buy a copy. :) http://www.glimmertrain.com/issue74spring.html
Do you have an example of an author with strong voice? Share!
Thanks for the heads up Margo, it sounds like a useful read. Yes Voice is a hard one to explain. Also different genres seem to require different voices, so finding the right genre to fit your style of writing/voice is important and that's why on my blog I've been experimenting with various styles. :O)ReplyDelete