Your Writer’s Voice and Critiques
What is the writer’s voice? Here’s a definition:
From Wiki: The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an author, a combination of their common usage of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works). Voice can be thought of in terms of the uniqueness of a vocal voice machine. As a trumpet has a different voice than a tuba or a violin has a different voice than a viola, so the words of one author have a different sound than the words of another. One author may have a voice that is light and fast paced while another may have a dark voice.
This is the voice you use to tell a story. The way your characters interact, talk, the way you describe a scene or an action. All these make up the voice you use to tell a story.
I belong to Writers World Critique group on Facebook. Some posters are afraid that critiques done on their work will change their writer’s voice. Let me tell you, there have been a few who have done critiques that would change the voice or style of the person’s writing. This happened to me a few times. However, a person who knows what they are talking about and critiques your work is doing one thing only: they are showing you how to make your writer’s voice stronger. By cutting out useless action tags, adverbs, To Be verbs and detailed or needless description, your writing becomes tighter, the story flow smoothes out and moves right along.
My storytelling has improved dramatically with these critiques, yet my writing voice or style has not changed.
It’s a good idea to develop lizard skin when it comes to critiques, but in the end your writing will be better and your readers will be happy.
May the words ever flow!