What is Voice?

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I own and have read a ton of reference books on writing. My goal is to help other writers by recommended those that I found helpful.

This book, finding your voice by Les Edgerton, is by far one of my favorites. I read this book and worked the exercises before I had even met him, so his great personality didn’t sway my perception beforehand!

One of the reasons that I enjoyed this one so much is because Edgerton writes like is speaking to you on a personal level. This makes for great reading and great learning. Also, there are exercises after the chapters to help with understanding. I never understood voice, so having a book completely about this mystifying topic was a great help.

I think my favorite chapter is Six, The Elements of Personality or “Voice” (pg. 102) He goes into detail about all of the elements that make up your voice. Then, to my delight, is an Elements of Style exercise where passages from well-known authors are given. Once you study these, you match more passages to the authors you just studied. That to me was one of the most enlightening writing exercises I have ever done.

To conclude, I highly recommend finding your voice for any writer, beginner or advanced. It’s definitely an eye opener!

 

 

 

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Writer’s Workshop

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Left to right: Kyra Jacobs, M.L. Rigdon (also Julia Donner), Judi Lynn (also Judith Post), and Les Edgerton

I have to say that I haven’t done much with my writing recently. Too much going on with the day job. But I made it a point to travel to Fort Wayne to attend a free writer’s workshop at the Aboite Library. And I’m glad I did.

I got to listen to area authors share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing. It was one of the most personable and informative workshops I’ve ever attended. I would have paid good money for this information. But I didn’t have to because that’s how these authors are. They are here to help.

Kyra Jacobs writes Fantasy, Suspense, and Sweet Romance. Judi Lynn writes Romance, Urban Fantasy under Judith Post, and is also working on a new Mystery. Les Edgerton writes Crime and Noir along with short stories and poetry. M.L. Rigdon writes YA Fantasy and writes Regency Romance under Julia Donner.

They spoke about their experiences with self-publishing versus traditional publishing. A big point that author Judi Lynn made was no matter who you are published with, you will always have to market yourself.

A point that author M.L. Rigdon made was that you must figure out why you are writing. Is it for yourself? Is it for money? This question will help you figure out how much time and money you are willing to invest in marketing.

Author Kyra Jacobs stated that she prefers traditional publishing to self publishing and said to plan your book release. If you contact a blog, it may take months to get a slot. Plan ahead by 2-3 months.

Les Edgerton also prefers traditional publishing and has an agent in the states and an agent in the UK. He recommended for authors to remember the libraries. If you can get your book into libraries, that will add sales and also help get your name out there. He also teaches a 10-week online writer’s class. For more information, click here.

Each author brought something different and informative to the workshop–too much to post here. Therefore, I highly recommend for you to check out their websites and blogs. Their advice is priceless.

 

 

 

 

What Makes a Good Story?

Is it plot or character? Or both? In my opinion it is both plus a whole lot more. I love to readWriteLiketheMasters but the story needs to capture me right away. If not, then I put it down. I can’t help it. There’s not enough time in the day to force myself to read something that I just can’t get in to.

With that said, I’ve analyzed books in general and have read multiple “how to” books. One book in particular caught my attention, Write Like the Masters. The author walks you through what worked for the Masters of writing: Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, and don’t forget Stephen King.

One quote I found to be so useful is this: “In your novel you need to figure out what will cause reader curiosity, worry, or anticipation…then add that to your story.” William Cane Write like the Masters.

This sentence, in my opinion, is the best advice I’ve ever read.

I also write as Rita Robbins. I may use the same information if it fits for both genres. Thank you for visiting. Please stop by again soon!