Hey, gang! I'm coming at ya from spring break on Daytona Beach. Kids are enjoying sun and fun while I work. *frowns* But that's the beauty of my job, I can take it with me.
So yesterday I asked the question what makes a book unputdownable. My answer included voice, as did many others. Voice is so so important in drawing the reader into the storytelling. Everyone has their own description of what voice is. And I've read so many, I agree with all of them. For me, discovering my voice became easier with each story I wrote.
By George! I think I've got it now! And my voice doesn't always come through in the first draft, but with revisions I focus on tweaking my voice, as well as the characters' voices. It gets clearer and easier each time.
I could go into detail about what I think voice is, but I'd rather direct you to a post by a fellow blogger, who is so crystal clear on the subject, I couldn't say it better myself.
Check out Lisa Gail Green at Paranormal Point of View's blog post on Filtering through Character. It just rocks.
Do you have any techniques you use to develop your voice? Any tips? If not, what are you working on these days?