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Okay, voice. How do you do that?

Someone asked me a followup question about last Friday’s post called What I learned reading debut novels, in which I talked about an exercise Miss Snark gave us: spend a year (or a few months, I guess) reading recent debut novels.

I did that, and the only thing they had in common (as far as I could tell) was a strong voice.

There’s more about it at the far end of that link above.

Anyway, someone asked me the question in the subject header, and I surprised myself by having a ready answer. This has been on my mind a lot lately, but I only just then realized what I’d learned. And it’s pretty simple:

Ask yourself how the point of view character and/or the narrator feels about the events of the book, and reflect that in the text in an interesting way.

That’s how I do it, anyway.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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lwe
Aug. 18th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much how I do it, too -- though not just how he feels, but also why.
burger_eater
Aug. 18th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Huh. I never thought of the whys as an aspect of the voice. That's interesting.