Monday, January 30, 2012
The Writing Craft: Voice
You've been reading books since you can remember. Maybe you started with Dr. Seuss and picked up The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew later. Now you love J. K. Rowling or Patterson. It would take me a long time to name every possible scenario.
In fact, you love one or more authors so much you want to emulate their writing, their voice. Well, that will work for a short time, but don't be surprised if you become frustrated. Why? Because you have your own voice. You have been developing it since you spoke your first word. No one thinks exactly like you. You are unique. You may have chosen a popular genre with a ton of available books. But no other author has your voice.
As you write each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter you will train your voice. Only you can bring life to your characters, your plot, your story. It's hard work. You will first write it and then possibly critique it, do more revisions than you thought one person could handle and then submit it to an editor. No, don't even entertain publishing without first paying an editor to review your book.
Congratulations, you have completed your book. Now comes the submission process or you may choose to self publish. All along the way, your voice has become stronger and your writing has been tested.
To read the other post on The Writing Craft go here.
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