A lot of time is spent in writing circles discussing author voice. What is it? How do you perfect it?
Let’s look at some passages from books by two authors and “listen” to a few different voices and what they say to us.
Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher:
Here’s another sample:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote:
Capote’s description of Holcomb is almost clinical in style. His voice colors his description of the setting, especially when talks about the local accent. He seems to show no special affection for the area, yet he’s invited us to Holcomb to journey with him as he investigates the story behind a family murdered. His is such a different voice than Pilcher’s, don’t you think?
I have good news and bad news for you today.
The good news is that no one, no other writer, speaker, or thinker can steal your voice. Your voice is what publishers will buy. Your voice is the only product readers can’t get anywhere else.
The bad news is that no one can teach you how to create your voice.
But, I have more good news—with practice, you can discover and develop your voice.
Join me again next Monday when we look at a few more authors’ voices and continue this discussion.
But, tell me—have you found your author voice?
Megan DiMaria’s debut novel, Searching for Spice, is about a long-married woman who wants to have an affair—with her husband. Her second novel, Out of Her Hands, is about taking life as it comes at you with all the surprises and challenges you face with young adult children. In addition to reaching out through her novels, Megan also speaks to women’s groups and teaches on the craft of fiction to writers at conferences and regional seminars. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and assistant director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild, Rocky Mountain Region. You can find her online at www.megandimaria.com, www.megandimaria.blogspot.com, Facebook, and Twitter. She also authors an online writing column at Examiner.com, contributes to the Seriously Write blog, and the Coffee and the Muse writer’s ezine.