At the very core of any great piece of writing is voice. Technically, “voice” is a combination of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, and dialogue. In short, it’s the personality of the piece.
Two of my favorite examples of voice are Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, and Marisa de los Santos’ novel, Belong to Me. For me, the unique voices in these books bring their respective stories to life in a captivating way that makes me feel as if I know the characters on a very personal level and, by the end, leaves me wanting more.
As writers, we all know that the most challenging thing about “voice” is finding your own. At times, I’ve wondered if there was a class I could take or a book I could read that would magically reveal mine. But I’ve come to learn that voice is one of those things that can’t be bought or taught, it just sort of has to develop over time (and with LOTS of writing!).
The good news is that awarding-winning novelist and writing instructor, Barbara Samuel O’Neal, has made this challenging task a little easier by sharing the Voice Worksheet she developed to help writers discover this critical element.
To download Barbara Samuel O’Neal’s Voice Worksheet, click here: http://www.barbarasamuel.com/blog/voice-worksheet/
Thanks, Barbara Samuel O’Neal, for sharing the wealth!
What tools and resources helped you find your voice?