I have been thinking about voice in my writing. I have quite a few deficits in my creative writing, one of them being voice.
Voice is a critical factor–it’s the element that, if you get it right, can hook a reader right away and make him/her follow you for hundreds of pages, no matter what.
The irony is that I think I have it here on my blog, but not so much in my fiction. I have got to figure that out. The one time I wrote a story with an eye towards voice, it turned way too “voicey,” in a way that was utterly self-conscious, like the person who talks so loudly in a restaurant you know she is shouting for an audience.
There are those who think that a more backgrounded narrative voice is more attractive…but I’d just like to give voice a shot. I think it’s a writer’s best friend when writing a novel.