This post is excellent for thinking about not just how your characters sound in your head but how you come across in your writing.

Words I Stole from Other Countries

When we talk about “great voice” we’re not talking about Seal, Bono, and Meat Loaf (you know, it’s true), we’re talking about the way an author describes a scene, paints a description, or the life he or she instills into a character’s words.  The literary world is full of great voices.  Kurt Vonnegut, Tolkien, Faulkner, Twain, J.K. Rowling, and more recently George R.R. Martin, whose voice resonates in almost every single episode of the television adaptation of “Game of Thrones”.  It’s a hell of an accomplishment when the voices you’ve created translate just as well to screen as they do on the page.

And, of course, agents and editors in the industry profess constantly that that they’re always looking for the next great voice, so naturally everyone wants to know how to BE that voice.  Well, it isn’t easy.  If you’re like me, you’ve always thought, “I’ll tell a great…

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