I attended a writer’s workshop, and it altered the way I see myself as a writer when it comes voice. Don’t you love when that happens? I had the opportunity to sit under Professor Balcarcel, who reminded writers how complicated and elusive it is to find your unique voice. What makes it complicated and elusive is there isn’t a clear, concrete definition of what voice is. So, if we cannot narrow it down to a condensed explanation, how do we learn to do it? Well, there is hope. Professor Balcarcel explained how certain aspects of voice assist us in discovering our own. First, let’s explore what voice is not.
Voice is not taking another author’s style and attempting to make it your own.
I am guilty of this. She reminded us voice has nothing to do with how you can break or butcher the rules of grammar and sentence structure. Guilty as charged. Professor Barcarcel did provide focus on the genetic makeup of voice.
First, your unique makeup is key to finding your voice.
In other words, your values, your beliefs, your goals are fingerprints to your voice. This uniqueness happens when you focus on yourself, your values, your goals, your character traits. If you are a spiritual person, there should be aspects of your writing that reflect such.
Secondly, she attempts to define voice as this, “your voice is the combinations of words and word choices you bring that no one else would think of.”
For the scholarly writers, syntax and diction are what creates voice. It means staying away from clique sentence stems and generic language we often see in writing. For example, “she stared with troubles eyes” or “he raised a brow,” or “her lips curled into a smirk.”She recommended incorporating traits in your writing which reflect what you are aspiring to. For me, that means creativity in word choice. I want to be bold when it comes to diction. If that means making a fool of myself sometimes, so be it. In addition, I aspire to add the trait of
not giving a damn… not caring in my writing. I’m still working on that.
Lastly, your voice cannot be duplicated, and you must step out of your comfort zone to discover it.
You create your character’s voice the same way. You incorporate their background, their genetic makeup, their age, etc. It takes practice to find your voice and that of your characters.
Professor Balcarcel asked us to describe the night sky using the voice of a child. Here is mine.
“It is a big black thing with a whole bunch of little nightlights, and it has real big nightlight too. How come its so dark with so many nightlights?
Then, describe the night sky using the voice of an artist.
“There it is, blanketing my happiness with dark. Still, specs of it seep through, painting my life like a canvas.”
Lastly, describe the night sky using our own voice…
“It’s beautiful, comforting and opposite of what I’ve been taught. I’m supposed to be scared of it. I’m expected to pull the covers over my head and think myself safe. Yet, I stare it down with a crescent smile. The stars, they remind me that I can still myself in darkness.
So, I challenge my fellow writers to discover your voice by stepping out of your comfort zone, ridding yourself of outer influences, and mediocre redundancies. Put your true self in your writing and make it original. Make it epic.
Start now, describe the sky using your own unique voice and post your entries below. Until next time….
Here I list some of my favorite online resources for fiction writing tips and inspiration! And no, nobody’s compensating me in any way to promote these.
Other writers I follow are constantly posting articles from this site, and for good reason! You don’t have to be a teen to take advantage of their extensive writers-education articles on topics like character background, getting published, how to get good inspiration, developing ideas, writing prompts, and much more! They’ve also got a great Pinterest account and a Facebook group with a fun and helpful community.
If you’ve been in the online writing community long, chances are you’ve come across Amanda Patterson’s Writers Write blog. She has many posts on everything writing related, from plotting to book promotion and author quotes to writing humor. One of the best things about her site is that in addition to her posts, she has many…
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Da More is an incredibly talented writer/blogger, who pens short stories on her blog. This week, I wrote a blog regarding my plight with how real to be as a Christian writer. Check it out here. This writer has beautifully mastered the skill of balancing that, as I don’t think I could be this raw with it. I’m sharing her latest piece, well, the first of a series.
You can’t sleep. You had said your prayers about an hour ago, and made to sleep when his call came in. You like him. He likes you. You talk about a lot of things– good, safe things. Like work, and plans for the weekend because it is Friday. You tell him you have a weekend meeting too, a small family party for your brothers return from the USA after ten years. You are eager to see him, but not so eager about the party. You have not been home in almost two months, so mama is equally keen on having you around. If not, you would have bailed on her, you told him. He laughed. You blushed. And after a while, he had said good night, and you had said good bye.
Fast forward to ten minutes after and all you can think of is sex. You have never done…
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Here are the May authors! If you’d like to be featured in June’s Author Spotlight, submit your name, genre, brief description of your book, contact info, and a copy of your cover to Ebbyslane@gmail.com In addition, I have a blogger’s showcase coming up. Send a brief description of your blog to Ebbyslane@gmail.com to be featured.
Jordan Flowers’s upcoming memoir, Third Times a Charm tells of the struggles, hardships, and triumphs of losing 100 pounds, gaining it back and losing it again three different times! Follow Jordan’s blog www.fitbyjordan.blogspot.com & Facebook.com/fitbyjordan
Corporate executive Sara Decker’s world is shattered by her husband’s affair with their daughter’s nanny. From Orange County, California to Whidbey Island, Washington, experience one woman’s path to freedom and happiness. After the Affair is an exciting novella that challenges the romanticism of both marriage and infidelity. Follow Wylder on Twitter https://twitter.com/annemariewylder
“Introduction To Your Potential”
Author Solomon Hall proffers the elements for these positive changes, with his newest work, Introduction to Your Potential: Stage 1. Within this narrative, author Hall proposes the key nucleic ideals for employing distinctly enhanced changes to your psyche. The book’s chapters are artfully called “mind states” and each covers well drawn and illuminating elements like, Creating Positive Habits, Staying Focused, and Changing Your Mind.
Brief but succinct, this edifying self-help read, was thoroughly enjoyable. I found the author’s voice to be authoritative, congenial and motivating which made it easy to stay engaged within the book. His presentation of the central components of the book, not only motivates, but shows how to activate and perpetuate your latent potential making it so that readers no longer have to imagine the possibilities now you can make them a reality. I highly recommend this catalytic work it is a definitive must for everyone’s self-help library. Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Hollywood Book Reviews www.carolinaexecs.com/bookstore.html
https://www.reverbnation.com/authorsolomonhall (free audio download)
Forever stylish Vanessa E. Vasa was honing her observation skills when she bumped into Lanky Ella Lanesbury. Or rather Ella bumped into her, twice. When Ella reveals a conundrum, Vanessa is enlisted to help with the aid of her stoic lady’s assistant, Mildred Ypres. Follow Vasa and Ypres as they humorously navigate London’s Mayfair in their first, but hopefully not last, adventure. Follow at vasaandypres.wordpress.com and Twitter @VasaAndYpres.
THE WIZARD’S ESTATE: LET THE GAMES BEGIN: A group of college friends will soon discover, that getting everything they’ve ever wanted means losing everything they ever loved. Now they are in a battle fighting to regain their identities after they realized that it’s not a game, it’s their life… Click link for more info about the book, https://t.co/yiVs4BrXFa Follow Stewart on Twitter @FDS_NaturallyMe
Writes books on “hot button topics that stimulate him to think deeply about this evolving world, and challenge conventional wisdom of society.” Follow Mr. Peyman https://padldoustiblog.wordpress.com/
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