Writing Tips

Your Voice

DSCF1414cYour voice, or more importantly your writing voice because at some stage the draft you are working on will need to be read aloud to find all those awkward sentences. I have to admit this is where I had quite a shock after having written poetry for so long and reading it aloud. I was so used to my poetry voice in fact I knew it inside and out, strong and vibrant with a good dose of emotion thrown in. All the way through the first draft of my novel I had incorrectly assumed that my writing voice would be the same.

Ah no, much to my amazement it definitely was not what I was expecting. For this reason it took me a while to get the hang of the rhythm. It also led me to another revelation I did not sound the same as some of the authors I love to read.

Anyway once I familiarised myself with it I used my voice to get through that all important stage of editing as I pretended to read aloud with an imaginary audience. Yes, I even had stage fright I am a little embarrassed to admit since there was no one else in the room.

While I write my third novel it is something I certainly keep in mind particularly since it is a series. Of all the things I have discovered along the way it has been one of those moments that will forever be imprinted in my mind. Like the conversation I had with a friend when I began writing my first novel, those moments are hard to forget.

One thing I can say now I know my voice I have it there at the front of my mind every time I write. Like my poetry voice, I hope to refine and improve it with every step of the journey now that I know it exists even if it was not what I expected.