Question: What is writing voice?
Janalyn Voigt:Susan May Warren describes a writer's voice as personality on paper. That distills the concept, but it's still a little abstract. Just what is personality, anyway, and how does a writer put it on paper?
Writing Voice is Personality DefinedThe Free Dictionary defines personality as “The totality of … Continue Reading ››
Don't ask me why I consider myself an expert on avoiding author burnout, or maybe you've already guessed the reason. Yes, my thoughts on this topic come from first-hand experience. One of the faults of a visionary type like myself is that my ambitions all too often can overload my resources. Mostly out of self-defense, therefore, I've … Continue Reading ››
Question: What makes a story memorable?The best stories connect with readers on a visceral level. They transport us to another time and place and put us in a different "skin," where we face challenges we may never know in life. And yet, the commonality of the story problem draws us onward and, in solving … Continue Reading ››
Writing in Multiple GenresWriting in a single genre is primarily a marketing tactic designed to connect an author as quickly as possible with a specific group of readers.This concept is not a new one, however today's considerations may make those who favor it more forceful in their opinions.
Some ConsiderationsIt's easier than ever for a writer … Continue Reading ››
Last week, in response to my Your Questions Answered post, I received an astute comment from editor Katherine Harms on reducing a manuscript's word count. Katherine has graciously allowed me to post her comment for you. If you haven't read the detailed Q&A on Continue Reading ››
How is it that some novelists create stories that live and breathe in the minds of readers? Multiple … Continue Reading ››
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