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Where’s The Story’s Voice?

Here are the other two links on Voice if you care to read more: : Your Writer’s Voice Makes Old Stories Fresh & Writing Voice–Finding it, Using it.

So I’ve shared about using our writing voice and what that voice does as a story unfolds. We may build our projects from research, personal experience, etc, but we don’t want to intrude in them. Expressing how each character experiences the events, and world around them makes our story real for the reader. The author’s voice and character’s point of view together create the new voice, and this combination brings a freshness that a reader can’t help but enjoy. Recognize it, nurture it, so your story voice, comes alive and you as the author disappear.

Once all the hard work is done (outlining, researching, etc) and neatly tucked away in the back of our minds, its ready to use. Somehow all that information merges with personal experience and creates another incredible resource to draw from as we write. It fractures into characters that express our story through the player’s points of view. Guided by one premise, extra effort and care is required here to make the characters unique, each representing some aspect of the whole. If done correctly, we disappear leaving only vibrant players behind.

Here is where the character’s senses become crucial to our story. Every character is a drama, comedy, writing blogs, blogger, theatre masks image, theatre masks picture,tool to express another angle of the world around them.  They see, hear, smell, touch, taste, and react to everything and everyone. Using their point of view, they express not just that the sky is blue, but it’s a pale blue of the coldest day in their memory. Breaking apart our writing voice creates our story’s voice.

Because the story’s voice is as unique as each of us, the project you work on will also have a freshness that all readers–editors and agents included—long for. Put as much of yourself as you dare into your work. Use every tool at your disposal. Hold nothing back, claw out every aspect from deep within, and your story will be like none other. These are stories only you can write.

Know this, recognize it, nurture it, creation is in all of us. When I think about creativity, I think universal miracle. The human being amazes me. For as wide and deep the universe is it has nothing on the depth of human imagination. Take the time to uncover, to discover, your own abilities and watch your stories unfold.

Something else you might like to read: The Difference Between Voice and Style in Writing from Writer’s Digest.


Your Writer’s Voice Makes Old Stories Fresh

Here are the other two links on Voice if you care to read more: :  Where’s The Story’s Voice? & Writing Voice–Finding it, Using it.

If writing voices are so individual, so personal, can we mimic another with success? I don`t think so; our individual histories gives us an unlimited resource and that resource gives us our voice. There is nothing fresh or vibrant in the retelling of someone else’s story, unless we add our own emotional spin to it. As writers, we need a point of reference or a way to relate to the events in our imaginations so those events can be expressed in a moving, exciting or entertaining way. A good gossip like a good writer uses their instincts to make these stories come alive, and the grapevine game proves that old stories can be reborn into something completely different.

Writing is a learning process; some find it more difficult and more satisfying than others. Digging deep in our emotional vault, or memories, can be very difficult when life has gone out of its way to build our character. The memories that seemed best forgotten are our best resource–changing us, and breathing new life into us. A pile of steaming manure can change dried up soil into a lush and beautiful garden and in the case of good writing that same pile can bring about insightful and sensitive stories. You`ve probably guessed that I’ve gone through some extraordinary trails, and I`m glad I did because they’ve made me a better person.

Have you ever listened to a really good gossip? They start off slow, and hook you so deep that you’d follow them to hell and back to get every last detail. And how many times have they told the story–hundreds, maybe thousands of times? With each telling it gets bigger, more dramatic, and better–so much better. The local gossip uses their voice and we have ours.

How did the gossip do it? Putting themselves in the story made it their own, and using their compassion, outrage, shock, or anger, they set the hook. Through their drama, comedy, writing blogs, blogger, theatre masks image, theatre masks picture,passionate reaction to what happened, and our empathy, we connect with them. It draws us together and lets us experience the story as one entity. We might both be outsiders and never experienced the events first hand but, we know how we’d feel about it.

No human being can experience everything, yet on a whim writers can write about anything they like. How can we do this with believable insight or spark of realism? Interviews, research, or imagining what might happen are some methods. There are tricks that I’ll keep to myself for now. All you need to know is each time you write, you do a little better.

The next time you want to try using another’s voice think about the grapevine–you know the game where there is a long line of people and someone whispers a sentence into the first ear and the message is passed on down the line. The last person says the sentence aloud, and its never right. Don’t repeat someone else’s story; instead, tell your own–passion and all.

Writing Voice–Finding it, Using it

Here are the other two links on Voice if you care to read more: : Your Writer’s Voice Makes Old Stories Fresh & Where’s The Story’s Voice?

I spent quite a bit of time looking up all the facets of the writing voice. Amazingly enough we all have one, even if it is hidden behind the educational realm of writing etiquette. Because of where we keep it, digging it out is a more accurate term than finding it. We dig it out, tap into it, and learn to use it to avoid flat monotone, thick flowery, or insane flamboyant writing that turns a reader off. Taking the time to free our voice makes us one of the most unique creatures in the universe.

There are tons of sites that describe the writing voice, and here’s my favorite:

“Anything you write should still have your voice: something that makes your writing sound uniquely like you.” From Wheaton College’s Website

When I read the quote above, I thought of the part of me that isn’t held back by grammar, punctuation, or any other writing rule. Its the source of my creativity and the one thing truly unique to me.

Digging it out? Maybe I meant setting it free like when we tell a story aloud. If you’re like me, your voice will change depending on the audience and their number. I use a quieter voice when too many people are around, and I’m feeling shy and a little embarrassed. Then there are the moments, and this is where my writing voice thrives, when I’m completely comfortable, and the story I’m telling builds momentum with each oh or ah, motivating me to be passionate, vivid and expressive. My story comes alive, living only momentarily unless I capture it some how.

So I write as fast as I can type. When free, this wonderful voice seeps into my characters, descriptions, and plots. Emotions, reactions, and passions flow freely. Through these elements a story is born with all the required drama and tension. As it comes to life I notice my authorial voice change. It grows, expands, reshapes itself.

Some think that standing up right, or living in communities makes us great, above all other creatures. To me It is the ability to create something wonderful out of nothingness. Using the writer’s voice is how we can make a story so real it can live in others for a lifetime. Or on rarer occasions, a story that can live for generations. To me, it is this that makes the human being truly great.