Hoarse Writer’s Voice

First in a series (hopefully a short series) of updates on synopsis for my second novel.

Synopsis still in the grinder. Why? WHY?

NWoman using laptopever let it be said I don’t listen to advice. I don’t always take advice, even if it’s good council, but I always listen.

First, Lynette mentioned how my POV’s snarky voice sparkled in my first novel.  It never occurred to me she might be hinting my second novel synopsis needed that same sarcastic tone and gently suggesting I need to let loose.

Then, after reading Kristen Lamb’s blog What is Writing “Voice”, I realized I’ve actually dumped my voice. Maybe writing in third person is unfamiliar enough to rattle me, but somehow my synopsis became rigid and far too serious. I am writing SFR here, not The Kite Runner.

Suddenly, like a retina-bending explosion, the truth emerged. The voice I hear in my head, the bad bold voice, isn’t there. Where the hell did it go? For some reason, it’s quiet –  replaced by nervous chatter. As you patient readers know, writing the synopsis first is new for me, but I’m still convinced it’s the right direction for this novel.  So, I’m letting the acerbic voices of my characters loose, and they’ll lead me from beginning to end. stranger-in-balaklava_l

How do your characters’ voices sound in your head? Are they the real you or someone you would like to be?


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9 thoughts on “Hoarse Writer’s Voice”

  1. I enjoyed Kristin Lamb’s article about writing voice as well. (Isn’t she great?)

    It’s funny because it’s writing in first person that makes me nervous because that’s when I’m more afraid my characters will take on too many of my own characteristics.
    In third person, I can ‘hear’ their voices so much better, and experience their senses without worrying as much about coloring what they go through with my own reactions. I still don’t know why I feel that way. I do want to try first person sometime though. Maybe for a short story!

    I think I know what you mean about voice though. I wrote my synopsis afterwards, and found it much easier to adjust the language and the flow of it to match that of the story.
    Perhaps I’ll try writing it beforehand for my Nano novel this year!

    1. I felt that way about fp pov, too. At first I was afraid of me, me, me coming through, but after a while Vanessa was born, a fully formed individual- wth the best or worst parts of me included in just the right places. It was wonderful! Try it. You may be pleasantly suprised:)

  2. Writing the synopsis first worked for me in that I was able to see a clearer picture of each character and how they related to each other. This has been a new discovery and the synopsis gave me a better focus.

  3. I think we feel the fear more with a second novel and it can rein us in somewhat. You have good friends and readers with you though, so it sounds as though you will figure it all out! 🙂

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