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    Writing Voice

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Manav, May 29, 2010.

    I have been told I have a good 'writing voice' or 'story-telling voice'. But I am not so sure what constitutes a writing voice. Is it measured in terms of weak or strong voice? Or,...... ??

    I think it will help me in my writing knowing what kind of a voice I want to portray in a particular story?
     
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    Your witing voice is your individual style of writing. It includes word choice and sentence structure, but also includes harder to pin down aspects like how you arrange and introduce story elements and your use of humor or suspense or imagery.

    It is what distinguishes one writer from another. It is what amkes you look at a few paragrapsh and say to yourself, "This reads like Bradbury."

    As you continue to write and gain experience, your voice will develop.
     
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    Yes.
    Yeah!
    Right on, bro!
    To be sure!
    That is certainly a valid explanation, cog.
    Oh, how wonderfully descriptive you can be, dear, sweet cogito!

    [note: the above are examples of various writer's 'voices']
     
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    ^ Agree to what you said about Cog. My doubts clearly explained as always. Thanks.

    @Cogito: I also thank you for the various blog articles you have posted. I have learned a lot from them.
     
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    When you write a lot, people tend to pick out patterns or tendencies in your works. Like when I think of J.K. Rowling, I think of lots of realistic dialogue ("er's" and "um's") and perfectly balanced third-person.

    When people read my writing, they recognize the plethora of compound sentences (without "and's" or "but's") and four-period ellipses when at the end of sentences.
     

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