Haven’t posted much writing neep in a while now (the Switzerland trip was, along with all else, a much-needed writing vacation), but I did have fun talking about writing–and other things–at TusCon this weekend. And on a panel on story, craft, and voice, we (yvonnenavarro, coffeeem, Dennis McKiernan, and I), did come up with the following bit, which is still making me smile:
“Voice is what gets you past the ‘blah, blah, blah.'”
The blah, blah, blah part of the book, that is.
While one can argue whether the blah, blah, blah belongs there in the first place, it’s definitely true that if there’s no getting around it, voice makes it go down a whole lot easier.
And no, we didn’t come up with a definition of what voice actually is. 🙂 But, because I mentioned them during the panel and promised to find a link, here’s are Darcy Pattison’s posts on voice. Especially worth noting are her posts on how to approach voice and her summary of comments on voice.