article in a recent Writer's Digest that I wanted to share. It's not often that I see a concise, clear explanation of voice but I thought that the writer of this particular piece did it quite well. The writer, Brian Klems, said that "Your voice is how you write, the way you handle language, your style—if you have one."
Voice is one of the most ambiguous writing terms. It gets bounced around in lots of different ways and, I must admit, I struggled with understanding its meaning early on. Someone would say to me, "I like your voice!" and I would only scratch my head. My voice? But, these are my words!! Voice = words? Sacré bleu! I didn't get the connection.
I read two very different books this weekend and thought a lot about voice and its importance. The first, a young adult novel, had a pitch-perfect voice. The prose was written in a way that you believed it came from a teenager's mind and therefore it was easy to get lost inside the story. In the second, another young adult novel, the plot was intriguing but the voice was way too jaded, even too old, so while the story was interesting, it rang a little untrue and it was difficult for me to connect with the story.
When I come across something that explains voice well, I feel compelled to share. To read the complete Writers Digest article, click here.