Back to Voice via @LeahPetersen's blog

Author Terri Guiliano Long has written a guest post at Leah Petersen's blog, and it's a great analysis on the use of voice and diction for writers. Although some of these things might not be new to seasoned writing veterans, the article gives a bit of perspective and guidance and structure to what can be a very ephemeral 'thing' that writers put to page without considering.

As Terri says:

An effective voice is attuned to the writer’s message, purpose, story and readers. Here, because I hope to get my points across without sounding stuffy, I’m using a chatty instructional voice. If I wrote this same piece for a technical journal, I’d use formal diction and a more distant, authoritative tone.

Often when we write fiction for a particular market we naturally tune our content, but the details Terri goes into in the article might open your eyes a little to what other tuning options you may not have considered.

Check the whole article out here: http://www.leahpetersen.com/2011/07/for-strong-convincing-fiction-control-your-narrative-voice-guest-post/

More voice...The voices!

After yesterday's post talking about online voice, today's article is an older one by Veronica Roth, and relates to character voice. Of several articles about this that I've read, this struck me as one of the more succinct and pointed. Veronica links to a few other relevant articles, and they are worth surfing to.


This internet thing, hey? You could spend hours reading on it.

Developing your online 'voice' by the lovely @justinemusk

This is an article I read a few weeks ago, by the lovely/awesome Justine Musk (@justinemusk on twitter). In this new writing world, where authors can be hyper-visible to their readers (and more frighteningly, other industry figures) your online voice ties into your 'brand'. Getting this wrong by trying to present yourself unnaturally could break you. The article is worth checking out.

(And by that I mean, 'click on the damn link and read it already, chumps & chumpettes!')


Tomorrow I'll post a link to an article that discusses character voice, for a slightly different perspective; consider that in both cases you, the writer, are the source of this voice.