If you've been around the writer’s block a few times, you may have heard the term “voice” bantered about.
Voice is that certain something that makes your writing unique –
The way you say what you've got to say… because, my friend, nobody else is going to say it quite that way.
As an illustration (pun thoroughly intended), think of 10 folks in an art class gathered around a still life. Obviously, no two artists in the room will draw that hodgepodge of pine cones, French horns, and lobsters in exactly the same way.
The same goes for a scene, ten writers, and the alphabet.
I've been to my share of writers' conferences and every editor and agent says the exact same thing (in his or her own “voice” of course)…
“I am looking for a fresh voice.”
Well, the best way to find your voice is to write… A LOT.
But here’s something else to try if you'd like to explore the power of voice – give a good listen to a couple of audiobooks. There is something about actually hearing voice that helps you really grasp what it means.
Presently, I am enjoying A Year in the World by Frances Mayes. And that is just how she would say it, too – “presently” with a lovely southern lilt.
Another favorite of mine is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. Nothing says “hello” like his opener – a bloody bovine breech delivery.
Do you have a favorite audiobook? If so, please share…
I’m always looking for a fresh voice.
PROMPT: Download an audiobook or grab a Playaway from your local library and give this a whirl. Then explore your voice by rewriting one of the scenes in a way that expresses your freshness.