Voice

Writer’s voice – “the individual writing style of an author, a combination of idiotypical usage of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text.” Wikipedia

One of the nicest compliments I received about 5 Acres & A Dream The Book was that I had found my voice. This was from a retired librarian and literary connoisseur. I confess I hadn’t actually thought about it while writing, so it was a delight to know that my style was appealing and made sense.

I’m thinking about this as I begin to work on my second book, Critter Tales. It too, will be based on blog posts, but this time, I will use stories not only from 5 Acres & A Dream The Blog, but also from my two former cat blogs, Welcome To Rascal’s World and Little Cat Zee. I wrote these before we bought our homestead and I had more time for writing.

The cat blogs were an interesting self-challenge to me as a writer. My goal was to anthropomorphize our cats based on the way I perceived their personalities. Rascal was cool as a cucumber, aloof, intelligent, superior. CatZee was a reckless bundle of energy who leapt before she looked and was not the least bit intimidated by Rascal. Each cat blog had its own voice.

As I begin to read through the various posts of these two blogs, I contemplate each one’s voice. Should I keep them when I assemble this new book, or change them for literary conformity’s sake? It was with Rascal’s blog that I first had folks tell me that my writing was good enough to be published. Would the stories lose something if I rewrote them in my own style? Something to think about.

 

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2 Responses to Voice

  1. Garrett says:

    I’ve found that I enjoy reading fiction more when the author is a master of consistency when it comes to voice.

    If you have that down, you’re well on your way to writing enjoyable fiction (one of these days…). 🙂

    And I think if you’re careful, you could probably find a way to keep the cats’ voices in your next non-fiction book without it becoming too distracting.

    -g-

  2. Leigh says:

    Well, I hadn’t thought about fiction, but I suppose writing first person as a cat is not exactly non-fiction! My only thought at this point would be to explain it in an introductory section. At first I thought I rewrite it in a 3rd person narrative, but the “stories” began to lose their appeal. Something to think about.

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