Writing Voice: The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page and Engaging Readers

Writing Voice: The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page and Engaging Readers

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Develop a voice that captures readers' attention!

All writers bring a unique set of skills to their work: One author might write outstanding characters, while another might dazzle with dialogue. You don't have to master every aspect of the craft in order to succeed, but the one quality required of every writer is a compelling, original voice. Your voice, which is often difficult to define and even more difficult to master, can transform your writing from pedestrian to powerful.

In Writing Voice, you'll discover effective instruction and advice from best-selling authors and instructors like Donal Maass, Adair Lara, Paula Munier, Dinty W. Moore, James Scott Bell, and many others, plus exercises, techniques, and examples for making your prose stand out, be it fiction or memoir. You'll learn how to:

   • Explore the unique way you write
   • Study the distinctive styles of other writers to create your own voice
   • Understand the nuances of voice, including the importance of word choice
   • Develop the right voice for your genre
   • Craft excellent narration that will keep readers coming back
   • Choose the proper voice for your nonfiction
Constructing the voice that fits your style and your audience is paramount to crafting memorable, original work. Writing Voice gives you the tools to not only create that voice but perfect it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440349157
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Creative Writing Essentials
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 643,428
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword Reed Farrel Coleman 1

Introduction 4

Part I What is Voice?

Chapter 1 Writing for Readers Barbara Baig 7

Chapter 2 Tapping Your Unique Voice Judy Bodmer 14

Chapter 3 Awaken Your Authenticity+cJordan Rosenfeld 18

Chapter 4 A Singular Voice Donald Maass 27

Chapter 5 All About That Voice Adair Lara 36

Part II Creating a Voice

Chapter 6 Finding Your Voice Larry Brooks 44

Chapter 7 Creating Your Own Voice Don Fry 51

Chapter 8 A Voice of Your Own Paula Munier 82

Chapter 9 Self-Expression: Your Personal Style Richard Campbell Cheryl Svensson 96

Part III The Mechanics of Voice

Chapter 10 The Qualities of Words Barbara Baig 101

Chapter 11 Prefer the Active Voice Stephen Wilbers 106

Chapter 12 Voice and Style James Scott Bell 114

Chapter 13 Taking Chances With Style David A. Fryxell 129

Chapter 14 Make Your Tone Pitch Perfect Adair Lara 133

Chapter 15 Watch Your Tone! Nancy Kress 141

Part IV Fiction-Specific Voice

Chapter 16 From Pov to Voice Joseph Bates 148

Chapter 17 The Difficulty of First-Person Pov James Scott Bell 171

Chapter 18 The Voice of Genre Steven Harper 175

Chapter 19 Matching Voice and Dialogue to Your Story Gloria Kempton 185

Chapter 20 The Inner Voice Nancy Kress 208

Chapter 21 Creating a Narratorial Voice Gabriela Pereira 212

Chapter 22 Breaking the Fourth Wall Jeff Gerke 219

Chapter 23 The Voice of Young Adults Diana Lopez 223

Chapter 24 Too Many Voices G. Miki Hayden 227

Part V Nonfiction-Specific Voice

Chapter 25 Give Nonfiction an Audible Voice Roger Morris 235

Chapter 26 First-Person Finesse Mamie Hayutin 241

Chapter 27 Hearing Voices David A. Fryxell 247

Chapter 28 Find an Angle to Bring Your Subject to Life Adair Lara 250

Chapter 29 The Voice of Your Memoir Paula Balzer 256

Chapter 30 A Personal Presence Dinty W. Moore 275

Permissions Page 286

Index 289

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