Thursday, March 31, 2011

A writer’s voice is often difficult to define, but Victor Lavalle and Amy Minton have a great dialogue on the meaning of narrative voice. Amy often relies on this quote to describe what she means by voice (which, it seems to this writer, also accurately describes sex, love, food, friendship and about a million other things):

“If you have it, you don’t need it. If you need it, you don’t have it. If you have it, you need more of it. If you have more of it, you don’t need less of it… The point is, if you’ve never had any of it, ever, people just seem to know.”

Victor’s definition is much more simple and to the point: voice is personality.

If you’ve ever wondered about your voice as a writer, read the entire piece. You won’t be disappointed.

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