Monday, March 31, 2008

The Voice


One word writers hear over and over.

"The story is good, but there's nothing special or unique about it."
"Great characters, good plot line, but nothing is really speaking to me."
"You did it! You found your voice!"
"I love your writing."

Now I can't begin to tell anyone how to find their voice. I think some people are born with it. Others discover it, and some just keep plodding along knowing one day it will come. If you write long enough, keep learning the craft, and try writing different genres one day "it" will click. And you'll know it. Not only will you know it, but your critique partners will also know it.

In my opinion, when you've found your "voice" you've hit the jackpot. Your writing style will shine, your stories will be fun to write (for the most part--who likes revisions--for the fifth time?) and the "YOU" will come through making your stories unique. After all, no one else is you. No one else has gone through exactly what you have the way you have.

What about you? Have you found your voice? If you're a reader, who's stories do you like? Do you find yourself going back and buying those authors books because she can tell a story and you'll know you'll love it no matter what it is?

We'd like to know!

*****After I posted this morning I ran across what I feel is a great blog post on Voice. Click HERE. You'll be at the Novel Journey Blog----scroll down and you'll see a post titled Notes On Voice. It's a really good post.


  1. I think I've found my voice. One of the things I seem to get pretty consistent praise on in my writing is that I have a 'fun' voice. The rest may be awful but hey ;)

    As a reader there are definitely a few authors that I will buy a book without even reading the back blurb - Marian Keyes for one - because I love their voices.

  2. Kara,

    Yeah on finding your voice. Especially if people say it's a fun voice. I'm sure the rest is just as fun as your voice.

    Thanks for visiting!!