My Eyes Are Wuthering: Trying to Read Impenetrable Dialect

Looking at the photos from my alma mater’s Final Exercises (and trying to forget that my 20-year reunion is next year), I am reminded of something my high school English teacher once told me. After I’d read Jane Eyre – still one of my favorite books – I tried to take up Wuthering Heights. Before Read more about My Eyes Are Wuthering: Trying to Read Impenetrable Dialect[…]

Voice – love me, love me not!

I’ve been commenting these past few weeks about a writer’s voice – the qualities that (in my opinion) make a voice strong or unique. While we work hard to define and refine our voices, it’s also important to remember that any writer’s voice will be pleasing to some, and not so pleasing to others. Some Read more about Voice – love me, love me not![…]

Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy

I know, I know…. Cliché , cliché, cliché! But sometimes the clichés best express exactly what we mean, which is the case for what I want to talk about today:  honesty in voice. It’s the next installment of what I believe are the components of compelling voice in writing and character development. You know how Read more about Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy[…]

You’ve got personality … use it!

“Humility is no substitute for a good personality.” Fran Lebowitz Happy first Monday of 2013! Back in December, I wrote about my basic description of a writer’s voice. Today and for the next couple weeks I’d like to break that down into what I believe are the elements of a strong writer’s voice, beginning with Read more about You’ve got personality … use it![…]

Voice – Do you hear what I hear?

Recently I saw a video by a comedian who was poking some fun at the Christmas carol “Do You Hear What I Hear.” The comedian joked about the impossibility of the lyrics – like the second stanza: “Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy” – at which point he demonstrated his view of what Read more about Voice – Do you hear what I hear?[…]