On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, author Chris Eboch led a discussion on voice during our monthly SCBWI meeting at the Alamosa Reading Room (the latest addition to Alamosa Books).
She discussed the difference between character voice and author voice, pointing out that the author's voice is that unique style observed across a variety of different characters.
Editor's often say they are looking for authors with a strong voice, but what do they mean?
Chris said the secret is to create a voice that is distinct, consistent, and clear.
When people read examples of writing that shows a strong voice, the excerpts are often poetic and beautifully written, but it's important to note that not all strong voices are poetic. Chris prefers a style where she gets lost in the story even if the voice is harrowing or crude rather than literary and poetic.
After asking each audience member to write a list of some of their favorite books, she said to look for similarities between books.(i.e.stories with sense of humor, a lot of action, sweet picture books, or angsty young adult romances.) She suggested writers look at their own writing for styles they revisit and trends they lean toward.
She concluded by asking - Are you writing what you love? If so, that's a good sign.
That was the best advice of all!
Chris Eboch will be offering a workshop on voice. See the Details below.
FINDING THE ELUSIVE VOICE with Chris Eboch
Saturday, February 1, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Reformed Christian Church
4800 Indian School. Rd. NE
Registration materials are available at www.scbwi.org. Follow the links to the New Mexico home page and click on Events or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.