Category Archives: Writing Style

My Writing Genre

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My first book to come out is a children’s chapter book. Yet I don’t consider myself a children’s author but more along the lines of an author who wrote a children’s book. When I look at my other manuscripts that need to be revised and edited only one fits this genre. Though it had no choice since it’s volume two to the book that came out in September of this year.

People from my writing groups, those I know online and in real life are putting me in that genre specifically. Not only that but they will correct me if I disagree with the label. If my first book to come out had been about a new world in space would I be considered a sci- fi writer? This world loves to label things, whether those things are materialistic or human. We do it as well to others and ourselves. The range of genre that I write in if you go through my manuscripts are as follows just to name a few:

-A futuristic world where the way we know it no longer exists.

-An action adventure story that involves criminals and a hint of the mob.

-A true story about my battle with my backyard squirrels.

-A true story about racism among college students in the South.

I have a multitude of short stories that range from mystery, animals to paranormal. I don’t stay inside the box when it comes to my writing. They say write on what you know. Whether that is an idea that expanded into a short story and then moved on to a novelette or novella. In my case full novels. I write on what I enjoy, what comes to mind and things that I come across in real life.

I am not just a color in a box of crayons. I am the whole rainbow and then some.

Your Voice

As writers do you know what your voice is?

According to Margaret Maron, creator of Judge Deborah Knott:

Voice is the most important ingredient in a successful book. The plot may be clever, but if the voice doesn’t engage us, how can we care?

According to John Morgan Wilson who writes the Benjamin Justice mystery series:

There is difference between voice and style though it is difficult to get at. To me voice is closer to attitude and the emotional quality of the prose, reflecting the personality of the author.

According to Chris Roerden:

The first step in developing your voice is not to add something but to identify the ineffective writing habit and techniques you’ve picked up over the years and get rid of them.

My Character Development instructor said he knew my voice and I did as well. Funny I thought to myself for my last instructor told me the same thing. This is a trend for people out of my writing groups concur with these teachers. How come everyone knows what my voice is but me? I try hard not to think on this and just write. Apparently I am accomplishing the voice subconsciously.

I have read numerous articles on this topic and when it seems the definition makes sense then a new article comes across my desk and destroys it

Jason Pinter , former St. Martin’s Press editor states:

Voice is the conversational quality of your writing, the way you “talk” to your reader. It’s as important in writing as it is in conversing aloud with someone or speaking to a group. If your voice isn’t confident, assured, authoritative, natural, and appropriate for your characters and story, the writing will feel stilted, forced, ragged, weak, awkward. Just as speaking aloud is ineffective if one is halting, hesitant, lacking in confidence, and so on .

This one makes sense to me since for now I can’t verbally express my definition of the voice. One good way is to read your story aloud. It may sound silly but it is a good way to hear one’s errors, pace and flow. Perhaps a writer will discover their voice.

Will I ever be able to describe this important ingredient to others, I do not know. Hopefully though my voice is being written loud and clear in my writings.