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- Print Length: 121 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0910355282
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- Publisher: Compendium Press (October 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016KX64LY
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Instead of reading about writing, I wrote. And wrote. I finished my first novel. I wrote some more. At conferences and workshops I heard writers and editors talking about this one holy grail that everybody sought: a VOICE that "sang", a voice that stood out in the slush pile, a "fresh" voice, a "unique" voice. So I took workshops on "finding your voice". It was all very kumbaya and mystical. IT DIDN'T HELP.
It's painful to be told there's something lacking that would make your writing stand out and be noticed if it were there. And it's maddening that nobody seemed to be able to tell me what it was or how to develop it.
I've taken classes with James Scott Bell at writing conferences. I've purchased his books. He's an excellent teacher and has a way of explaining things that is logical and clear. But I admit... when I first heard that he was writing on the topic of "voice" I thought, "What could he possibly have to say that would help? Nobody can define that thing. Nobody seems to know what it is."
As cliche as it is, I tip my hat to Bell. I give him a deep Chinese bow, full of respect and honor. (Okay, that's my writer melodrama coming out, sorry!) Not only does Bell break the concept of "voice" into its component parts, he offers exercises that will help us develop it in our writing and includes scores of examples so we can SEE voice in action and analyze it. Not only that, but I've read his recent thriller release, Romeo's Rules (A Mike Romeo Thriller), and Bell himself has applied these principles to good effect. In writing Mike Romeo, Bell has captured that hard-boiled, wry-humor voice that I most enjoy for heroes in that genre. So the man practices what he preaches.
All around, if you want to develop (or strengthen) that elusive quality of "voice" in your writing, this book is a must-read.
I'm now going to go back through to the sections I highlighted and apply it to a couple of my works in progress.
A great book at a very reasonable price and loaded with sound advice with concrete suggestions on how to apply it.
Well worth the investment.
So, the first chapter is about character, and then a chapter about how to get in the right mood and mindset to write with emotion (write down 10 things in the world you feel strongly about, then write a page about it), and the remaining book is about description. There are examples in the final 10% of the book, and they are by genre, but there isn't any analysis of what makes them good or something worth studying. There are a few sentences that say something like "science fiction has technical details to merge seamlessly into description" or something, and that's pretty much it. I would suggest his other books instead of this one.
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Can see how this will be useful in my writing. Recommended for aspiring authors.
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