May 3rd, 2010

PinkButterfly

Understanding Voice

Voice is one of the most important elements of writing. Some would argue it is the most important element because it embodies a story’s mood and pace.  There are two types of voice: character and narrative. Both are birthed from a person’s experiences and personality and manifests in their word choices, sentence structure, descriptions, and interactions throughout the story. Let’s look at character voice first. A strong, dynamic character voice can linger with people, become iconic. For example, six-year-old Scout’s voice in To Kill A Mockingbird is iconic for the decades fraught with racial injustice. Her precocious, straightforward, and feisty voice made it easier to start conversations about racial injustice, regardless of age or ethnicity.

 

Let’s SEE character voice in action:

 

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