By Catherine Matthews
You’ve heard it before: ‘write what you want to read.’ It’s good advice…after all, you love to read. You love to write. That’s why you’re working so hard to become a published author, right? And yet there comes a point when what you want to read no longer sounds like what you’re writing. What’s missing, you wonder, and then you realize—it’s your voice. Every writer gets to the point where every page feels as dry as the last. The key to being an excellent writer isn’t never losing your voice—it’s knowing how to recover it, and letting that process of recovery become the fuel for an even bigger, brighter, bolder uniqueness.
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Developing a character’s voice can sometimes be difficult but is necessary in every novel. As mentioned in the last blog post, Do’s and Don’t’s of Believable Dialogue, every character needs to have their own distinct voice. Unless all the characters in your novel are emotionless robots that are programmed the same way, each character needs to “sound” different to the reader. Nothing is more confusing than reading a line of dialogue between three or more characters that all sound the same. Things start getting jumbled and soon enough, the reader is completely lost on who is saying what. In order to have good dialogue and strong characters, each character must have their own unique voice. Continue reading “Exercises to Develop a Character’s Voice”
By Natalie Charles
Agents and editors often say they’re looking for a fresh voice. Author, Natalie Charles discusses what this really means on Writer’s Digest. Read the full article here. Continue reading “Contemporary Romance Author Natalie Charles Discusses Finding Your Voice In Fiction”