• Author Insider,  Making Of,  Voice,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey: Changing Course

    Last week I started working on the first draft of my novel. It’s an adult fantasy with a female protagonist that takes place in a Bronze Age inspired world. I got 1,200 words done and was quite happy with how much I accomplished that day. A few days later I started reading over it and playing with the words, rearranging things – all that typical revision business. As I was doing so, something wasn’t sitting right with me. After much thought, I realized it was a problem with voice. My voice was inconsistent. The parts where I was describing the setting, my voice tended towards the poetic, to the point…

  • Author Insider,  Character Development,  Making Of,  Voice,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey: Making a Voice Journal

    Author and writing coach James Scott Bell has a lot of great advice for newer writers. I’ve watched his Great Courses series on How to Write Best-Selling Fiction (which can be found via Wondrium, Audible, and even in some libraries’ Overdrive offerings) and skimmed through several of his books (The Art of War for Writers, Just Write, and How to Write Dazzling Dialogue), picking out little gems through each of them. One of those little nuggets has to do with developing character voice. Sometimes I pick up books and notice that all of the characters sound the same. I can’t differentiate between the 70-year-old grandma with a love for baking…