Well…the AMAZING Sarah started this round with the following question:
how did you discover your particular voice as a writer?
Now this is an awesome question. Those who answered before me did a great job talking about finding their niche as a writer as they found the “voice” of the characters they like to write about. They even joked about how difficult it sometimes is to find a YA voice when you are NOT YA yourself.
One or two talked about their author’s voice…the way they put words together on the page.
For me, finding my voice as an author is very different than finding the voice of my character. I’ll tackle both concepts in this post.
I like to write in first or third person, present or past tense, fantasy or contemporary…all of it YA (mostly because of the pacing and natural angst inherent in YA). When I write, I like to use a combination of choppy,staccato sentences with longer more narrative types. I like ending chapters on cliffhangers, with the resolution occurring in the next chapter. I love tension and a strong emotional back story. My stories deal with big emotional issues related to growing up, good versus evil, mythology and other biggies.
All of this is my “voice” as an author. No matter what fiction I am writing, you can be sure that the things that characterize me as an author will be present within the story. I’m not sure how these attributes developed into my “signature” style or voice…but they have.
In nonfiction, my voice as an author is easy to identify – it is the same as the voice I use when I teach, coach, counsel, etc. It’s me.
This is not true in fiction. While my stories are distinctively me, the “voice” you may feel in the story is related to my characters. And if I have done my job well, each MC will sound unique, based on who he or she is.
A long time ago I did a post on writing three dimension characters. The essence was that finding the voice of the character is key to authenticity, which is key to writing a believable character. Check it out for more of my thoughts about finding a character’s voice.
So, there you go – my long, rambling answer to finding my voice, what I think voice is, etc.
Check out Kat’s post yesterday for her terrific take on this subject. I’m the last in this chain, so come on back in a few weeks to see what other things the chain has decided to talk about!
What is your take on voice? And how did you find yours?