Understanding Voice
Published on February 26, 2011 by lahilden | Views: 811

We all have a voice, and as a writer, you come to learn how important it is for you to have a unique and entertaining voice.  Through the years, I’ve had editors tell me they like my voice.  In the beginning of my writing career, I would hear this and nod my head, not understanding what this really meant.  So what does voice mean?  Voice is how you show a scene, how you describe the action, and most definitely the dialogue between your characters.  The best part of someone complimenting your voice is that the compliment is solely yours.  No one but you has your voice.  Your voice is unique and can’t be duplicated.  Sure many authors may write similarly, (many of Avon’s Historical authors do and they are some of my favorites) but no two people are going to put the same story together using the same dialogue and description, and if they do, its plagiarism and you should report their butts. So the next time someone compliments you on your voice, open a bottle of champagne and drink to your success.