Sunday, September 18, 2011

Emily Mitchell: Voice: Your Special Sauce

Character is intimately related to voice.  Characters cannot be relatable if they are not speaking in their own voices.

A gifted writer can muse all three elements; characters, plot, and narrative voice.

Without voice, a story is just a series of events.

Best advice to learn voice:  read good books.  Listen for the book's voice.  Try to analyze how author creates that voice.

First person is one of the easiest ways to establish narrative voice--but you can have voice in third person, too.

Emily read specific examples from selected books to demonstrate an excellent use of narrative voice in both fiction and non-fiction.

Examples of some books with great voice:

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Matilda and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Speak and Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Going Bovine and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

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