Voice
What is
voice?
What is voice?
 that sense of unique presence on the page
 an unmistakable something that becomes the
mark of a writer
...
How do writers
create voice?
How do writers create voice?
1. With words (diction)
 Choice (vocabulary)
 Arrangement (syntax)
How do writers create voice?
2. Over time
 Because of writers they’ve read
 Because of choices they’ve made
How do writers create voice?
By repeating subject matter.
Using the same point of view.
Conforming to a form.
Writing Exercise (WNB)
Take a minute and think about
your own writing.
What do you do that makes your
writing yours?
Wh...
How do I find
my voice?
How do I find my voice?
This is one of those phrases you hear
writers use.
My answer: Was it ever lost?
 You always hav...
How do I find my voice?
Don’t worry; it happens
automatically. We don’t choose it.
Seek to say something, and your
voice...
How do I find my voice?
You have a number of different
voices, depending on your audience.
You speak differently in clas...
“Voice is born from a lot of work—but not just any
words or any work will do. You have to bleed a
little. You have to shiv...
Can I steal
others’ voices?
Can I steal others’ voices?
 Persona
 Greek for “mask”
 Pretending to be someone else
 A mask adopted by a writer
 Pe...
Writing Exercise - Collected
 Take a look at the person in the picture you are handed.
If you don’t know them by name, th...
Point of View
A close relative to voice
Point of view
 Definition: the perspective from which the
story is told
 First person - I
 Second Person - You
 Third ...
Perspective
 The vantage point from which the story is told
Writing Activity - Collected
 The situation: Your character is entering
someplace new. Write the opening of the story of
...
Ideas: Point of View
 Write about yourself from the perspective of
your shoes.
 Write from a baby’s perspective—in the
w...
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  1. 1. Voice
  2. 2. What is voice?
  3. 3. What is voice?  that sense of unique presence on the page  an unmistakable something that becomes the mark of a writer  a way of saying things that is the writer’s own  a sign that the piece was written by a human being
  4. 4. How do writers create voice?
  5. 5. How do writers create voice? 1. With words (diction)  Choice (vocabulary)  Arrangement (syntax)
  6. 6. How do writers create voice? 2. Over time  Because of writers they’ve read  Because of choices they’ve made
  7. 7. How do writers create voice? By repeating subject matter. Using the same point of view. Conforming to a form.
  8. 8. Writing Exercise (WNB) Take a minute and think about your own writing. What do you do that makes your writing yours? What patterns exist in your writing?
  9. 9. How do I find my voice?
  10. 10. How do I find my voice? This is one of those phrases you hear writers use. My answer: Was it ever lost?  You always have your voice, and it will probably change over time.  Concentrate on creating good writing, and your distinctive sound will emerge.
  11. 11. How do I find my voice? Don’t worry; it happens automatically. We don’t choose it. Seek to say something, and your voice will follow. Work on broadening your vocabulary by reading. It emerges when you write passionately.
  12. 12. How do I find my voice? You have a number of different voices, depending on your audience. You speak differently in class than you do: @home @practice @a party
  13. 13. “Voice is born from a lot of work—but not just any words or any work will do. You have to bleed a little. You have to shiver a little. You have to love a lot—love your writing, love your failures, love your courage in going on in spite of them, love every small triumph that points toward eventual success. You already have a voice. It’s beautiful, it’s unique… Your job is to lead it from the darkest of the dark places and the deepest of the deep waters into the light of day.” – Holly Lisle
  14. 14. Can I steal others’ voices?
  15. 15. Can I steal others’ voices?  Persona  Greek for “mask”  Pretending to be someone else  A mask adopted by a writer  Persona writing typically means “the creation of a voice for something or someone very different than the writer.”  This can be a great way to stretch imagination and writing style, to feed your own voice.  Remember: No written account can be the whole truth about an event.
  16. 16. Writing Exercise - Collected  Take a look at the person in the picture you are handed. If you don’t know them by name, that’s ok.  List qualities you think this person would have, just by looking at them.  List topics you think would be important to this person.  Adopt the persona of this person, and write about one of the topics you just listed.  Write a short piece from this person’s perspective.  Remember, you are not writing your opinion of this person, but imagining how this person sees the world.
  17. 17. Point of View A close relative to voice
  18. 18. Point of view  Definition: the perspective from which the story is told  First person - I  Second Person - You  Third Person – He/she
  19. 19. Perspective  The vantage point from which the story is told
  20. 20. Writing Activity - Collected  The situation: Your character is entering someplace new. Write the opening of the story of this entrance from four perspectives: 1. First person 2. Second person 3. Third person 4. The perspective of an object in/a part of the room  What did you notice about the perspectives?
  21. 21. Ideas: Point of View  Write about yourself from the perspective of your shoes.  Write from a baby’s perspective—in the womb.  Write from the perspective of an animal.  Write form the perspective of an inanimate object looking for his/her mate.

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