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Creating a Strong Voice in Your Novel

We’re about to look at the last three pillars of novel construction in this year-long course. These last three—voice, writing style, and motifs—are important elements in a novel, but there are no specific “rules” governing them. No one can tell you what your writing style should be, for example, but there are some guidelines I can share with you that will help you make decisions about your writing style, or the kind of voice you give your character, or the kinds of motifs you may or may not want to inject into your story.

There are many other small components that make a novel great, such as attention to detail; creative use of metaphor or symbolism; and technical issues, such as sentence, paragraph, and scene length. All these things are mostly a matter of personal taste, although often formed and restricted in some way by genre. Continue Reading…

Where’s My Voice?

One of the essential elements needed on your first page (and that continues through to the end of your novel) is your voice. This term is discussed in countless books, websites, and anywhere writing is taught. It seems like a nebulous thing. Just what is voice? How can you tell when an author “has it” and when she doesn’t? What should a voice sound like as it relates to the novel you are writing? Continue Reading…

First Paragraph, First Thoughts

We’re discussing the heart of your story and all the major elements you need to set up in your first few pages. That first scene has a tremendous burden, and as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, you may have to go back once your novel is done and rewrite that first scene to tie in neatly with the themes you’ve developed throughout your novel, as well as homogenize your voice. Continue Reading…

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