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Voice is the thing that makes one writer's work different from another's. Every writer has a voice and a personal way of telling a story that reflects his or her life experience, sense of humor, and way of seeing the world. This book will help writers find their own voice-helping them move from raw outpourings to polished prose. The authors, writing professors at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley Extension, respectively, have included some exercises to help writers tap into their personal voice. For stories to be good, argue the authors, that voice must be true, powerful, and raw. The authors have focused on a writing skill that is very hard to teach, and they have done so successfully. The ideas they present are good, and the exercises should help writers get at the heart of their feelings and passions. Still, this book is useful only for libraries that serve a large population of writers.
Lisa J. Cochenet, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Does everyone in America want to be a writer? Publishers seem to think so, witness the never-ending flow from the presses of books on writing. (If publishers really do have their fingers on the pulse of America, buy stock in computer discs and spiral-bound notebooks.) Interestingly, most of these books, like Frank and Wall's, emphasize the creative aspect, not the mundane business end, of writing. Frank and Wall do, however, take a refreshingly novel approach to the subject of encouraging the beginning creative writer. Focus on voice, they suggest, for it will be what distinguishes you from the pack (of other writers buying such books as this). Happily, Frank and Wall practice what they preach in their own well-wrought book, whose voice is frank and objective but warmly conversational. The many exercises are intriguing and imaginative. Pat Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312151284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312151287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought "Finding your writer's voice" by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall together with "Finding your voice" by Les Edgerton. I have to say that the books do complement each other. I did read the book by Les Edgerton first and enjoyed this so much that it was impossible not to compare. "Finding your writer's voice" is a no nonsense book. It delivers the message pretty straight. It has good balance between theory and practical exercises. It's also filled with many examples from both writers and from their students or other famous writers. In the beginning the book came off as somewhat New Age-like to me in the way they talk about voice. But surpassing that, it's a very interesting and educational read. After finishing Les Edgerton's book, I started directly on this one. That was a bit of a cold shower after reading a, at times, quite humorous book about voice and the craft of writing. The somewhat dark colored pages of "Finding your writer's voice," the not really inspiring layout and the lack of knowing who the "I" in each and every different part of the book is (Thaisa Frank or Dorothy Wall) made it at times a bit of a struggle to finish the book. But in the end I have to say, it's well worth it in doing so. Alongside "Finding your voice" Thaisa Frank's and Dorothy Wall's "Finding your writer's voice" is spot on finding that unique voice. Getting you to write, and making sure editors will have a serious interest in your work.
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The fine pitch of this book makes it a must read for any writer. The book has many exercises and insights. Wall is a writing consultant as well as a writer and the book reflects a solid sense of how to put the books' insights into practice and yet retain the individual writer's lyricism. I highly recommend it.
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Finding Your Writer's Voice gave me the confidence to write, and almost more importantly not to fear editing. It helped me unfreeze my vocal chords. I have been able to branch out in short stories from only writing poems. Thanks, Thaisa Frank!
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Writers, get this book!! It will help you find your writer's voice. It helped me to become a better writer
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Author is a writing teacher and has produced an interesting, very useful, and fun-to- read book.
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