Tuesday, April 22, 2008

This is a quote from Wikepedia:: " Writer's voice is a literary term used to describe the individual writing style of an author. Voice is a combination of a writer's use of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works). Voice can also be referred to as the specific fingerprint of an author, as every author has a different writing style.
In creative writing, students are often encouraged to experiment with different literary styles and techniques in order to help them better develop their "voice." Voice varies with the individual author, but, particularly in American culture, having a strong voice is considered positive and beneficial to both the writer and his or her audience."

I quote this because sometimes we wonder if we have a "voice." Somehow we know we "should" but don't know if we do. I particularly like the section where it says the writer's use of syntax, diction, etc... across several works. It's there, whether we know it or not. It's how we express ourselves

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