What is a writer’s “voice”? That is a question we all ask when we begin writing and maybe even after we’ve written for awhile.
In the words of Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogerty: “Voice is the distinct personality, style, or point of view of a piece of writing or any other creative work. Voice is what Simon Cowell is talking about when he tells “American Idol” contestants to make a song their own and not just do a note-for-note karaoke version. Many musicians have played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” for instance, but there’s a world of difference between the Boston Pops’ performance and Jimi Hendrix’s, even though the basic melody is the same.”
I want to also share a great interview with Les Edgerton on Kristen Lamb’s blog. Edgerton has a book out on the writer’s voice, FINDING YOUR VOICE: How to Put Personality in Your Writing.
He says there are at least three ways to tell if you have written in your true voice.
- Are the Word Choices, Sentence Usages, and Phrases Employed Yours?
- Sentence Structure: Do you talk and think in fragmented sentences? Then you should use these in your writing.
- Clarity: The trick to writing well? Write simply; write clearly. Eschew flowery language.
To read the full article, go to Kristen Lamb’s Blog.