Monday, June 4, 2012

The Voice

Thanks again to Dianne Salerni and Marcy Hatch for their feedback on my new MS. Also, thanks to those who commented. All of your feedback was very helpful. Check out Dianne and Marcy's blogs to see how you can get critiqued.

The voice. I'm not talking about that TV show with Christina Aguleria (I'm sure I just butchered her name). I'm talking about character voice. I know I've written a post about this before with links and such, but today I want to talk about my method. One thing I've been told is that my characters' have great voices. Now, I'm not trying to brag or anything, it's an observation, but I have been asked how I do it. How do I create voice for my characters?

The thing is--I have no method or formula. I don't sit and analyze how to create a certain voice. I listen. That's it. I know sounds a little like I'm off my rocker. But seriously, that's what I do. When my characters' come to me, I write what they say, exactly how they say it. There are no charts or research, it's the character talking. I also see them and write what their actions and reactions are. Of course at some point, there are revisions, but that voice is already there. Maybe it's the panster in me. I'm not a big one for self help books. I use them, but I also am a trial and error type person. I like to see what works and what doesn't by doing. So, voice, for me, just happens. Now, that's not to say I don't have issues with other areas of novel writing. That's a whole other post.

Do you have a method on creating voice?

Have a great day!

9 comments:

  1. I wish I had a method for voice. It's the most critical thing in any MS, yet how it comes about is also one of the most elusive. Good luck and I'm sure your voice is spot on:)

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  2. Hmmm... I'm not sure it's my fire-proof method, but I tend to try to get inside my character's skin. Literally. I'll walk around the house doing everyday activities and try to react as I believe said character would. This helps me define his/her voice...kind of. ;D I think how I dress them, who they hang out with, and their likes/dislikes also give them voice.

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  3. That's how it works for me too. I know my characters well enough that I couldn't imagine their voices any other way. :)

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  4. Voice is still a mystery to me. I just write in the style that fits best.

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  5. Listening is the best way for me, too. Sometimes a character is so strong in my mind that I don't have to edit what they're saying--I just let them talk. :)

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  6. Very similar indeed! I couldn't tell you how I have voice in my writing, or if I even do (but people tell me I do so yeay!?). But it does sound similar to you. Just writing what I "hear" in my head!

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  7. There are several different kinds of voice. Character voice, authorial voice, narrator voice. I think the hardest one to nail is character voice. This is usually, but not always, limited to dialog, unless you're writing in 1st person POV, and then a character is also your narrator.

    I have no idea how I do it, or whether I even do it well.

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  8. I have no method for voice. I just write.

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  9. It really is hard to come up with a method for voice since--for some--it comes so naturally. Great post!

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