Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writing Tip (10): Voice


Voice

Seeing as how I'm battling some flu-ey type bug, and I'm trying to set Math papers for the end-of-first-quarter exams, I'm going to send you over to Natalie Fischer's blog to read this VERY helpful post from yesterday about the difference between writing an adult voice and writing a YA voice.

This elusive voice concept has bugged me for some time, making me worry that my work may not even have one -- eek! The voiceless WiP! (since I basically just write from intuition, without thinking too much about all the technical bits and pieces...) But Natalie explained it pretty well. So I think there's hope for me and my "voice" :-) (or voices...)


18 comments:

David Powers King said...

Sorry to hear that you're sick. Not fun. While you're recovering, I'll go check out that post. Thanks for the link. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Feel better soon!

Michael Di Gesu said...

That's terrible Rachel. I hope you feel better soon!

Thank's for the link... I should go find our if I have a voice ... Or I just might be possessed by too many.... LOL

Take Care,

Michael

Sierra Gardner said...

Hope you feel better! I think there are a couple of nasty bugs going around.

The Golden Eagle said...

I hope you feel better soon, Rachel!

Thanks for the link!

Libby said...

Feel better soon and thanks for the link!

Donea Lee said...

Feel better! Thanks for the link, I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I write YA and Adult, and I always worry if my voice is different/distinguishable enough for both genres. Off to read it now! :)

erica and christy said...

Hey, thanks, I'll pop over. Get well (it's EVERYWHERE, btw, like a plague...)!!
erica

Kari Marie said...

OMG, I needed this today. Thank you.

Theresa Milstein said...

Oh no, not you too! Between colds step throats, stomach bugs, and flus, everyone is sick. Feel better.

Lindz Pagel said...

Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the link. I worry whether or not my WIP has a voice too.

Rachel Morgan said...

Thank you for all the well-wishes, guys!

Cally Jackson said...

Thanks for this great link - very interesting. :-)

Lisa Potts said...

Hope your feeling like yourself again soon. I'm off to check out the link.

Ciara said...

I hope you feel better soon! I had the flu twice this year. Yuck. Not fun.

Tracy said...

Hope your flu-ey type thing is better now!

This is so true about the difference in voices. Too many times I've noticed some writers try to throw a slightly hyper sounding pace to the MC's words and think that's enough to make it YA. While it's true teens do tend to talk fast, if you're still having them think like an adult it's going to show.

Great post!

David Powers King said...

Thank you for commenting on my last advisory column. It means a lot, especially since you went out of your way being sick and all.

For that, I've passed along an award for you. Come and see :)

Kittie Howard said...

Hope you're feeling better, Rachel. Being sick's no fun! Thank for the link to Natalie's blog (decided to follow.) I'd never heard of New Adult; good question you asked.