Thursday, June 10, 2010

Journal: Voice

As authors we try to find our writing style. Our something that sets us apart. We try to recreate on the page something as original as we are.

It's called voice.

I just finished Kristin Walker's debut novel, and I love her voice. The novel is told in first person, and I totally want to meet her protagonist. Like so many other novels, Walker uses a Jane Austen structure and refers to Pride and Prejudice frequently. The main character's is just as compelling as Elizabeth Bennett or Cher Horowitz of the '95 film Clueless, another Austen nod. Fiona is funny. She's flawed. She's real.

Are you searching for your voice? Check out this novel.

Journal: Write a scene with two students and a teacher. Write it from each person's distinct point of view.