Ok, so lets get the cake porn out of the way first
This is Orange & Almond cake with Creme Fraiche at The London Review Cakeshop. It had a tiny hint of ginger….mmmmm
Ok, tonight’s session was about Voice….some snippets from my notebook:
Voice is the personality of the narrator, how the narrator (authorial voice) sounds.
The ‘voice’ of a character is different to the ‘voice’ of the author.
New writers worry too much about their voice. If you write with passion, believe what you’re writing and it comes from the heart, your voice will shine through.
Don’t try to imitate other writers, be yourself.
Think about what you’re saying and why you’re saying it.
Voice is difficult to define….but think Roth, Amis and Anne Tyler.
Your voice echoes through everything you write.
Voice is fairly easy to recognise in others work….it’s when you pick up a book and think this is different to anything I’ve ever read.
A very good example of a distinct voice in a new writer is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I’ve only read the first page of the piece we were given but immediately I was struck by the unique voice used. Check out the free Kindle sample if you’ve not read it and you’ll see what I mean.
I’m not sure that I’ve developed my voice yet. I can see that most of my 1st person characters all sound like me though lol Do you feel that you have developed your voice?
Homework for next week: *gulp*
What is the theme of my book?
What is it really about?
What am I trying to say?
- Live Chat with Junot Díaz (billmoyers.com)