For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is VOICE.
All this month, as part of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, I've been hitting on topics that I would like to include in my writing – Characterization, Plot, Rhythm, good Editing, an appropriate Lexicon, and all the others. I want to stir all these elements together into a literary stew and pour it out into gripping stories that capture and connect with my reader.
But there's also this other little thing: I want it to sound like me.
I'm not the best guitar player in the world -- not the fastest; not the flashiest. But when I hear a recording of something I've played on, I can instantly tell that I was the one playing the guitar. For better or worse, I sound like me.
I want that to happen with my writing, too.
I want to have a unique voice that is immediately identifiable. I want my readers to recognize my work even if they didn't happen to see my name on the cover or the by-line.
A certain rhythm in the wording, a certain turn of phrase, a unique spin to the characters – for better or worse, I want all my writing to sound like me.
Not to sound the same, of course. I dabble in different genres and my style for a dark noir mystery would be different than how I would write a humorous, light, and quirky piece. But regardless of genre, I want to have a definite style which comes through and says, “Chris Fries wrote this.”
I think all the successful artists have a distinct, unique, identifiable style – that is part of the reason I would call them successful, regardless of how famous or financially well-off they became. People instantly recognize their work. Others may copy them, but they remain special.
As a writer, I may never be famous, or widely-read, and I may never make a dime from my writing. But if I develop a unique voice that instantly lets my reader know, "Chris Fries wrote this," then I think I will have achieved a certain level of suceess as a writer.
So what do you think? How important is to you to have a unique voice?
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