How I found my voice by watching “The Voice” [Repost]

~ By Amy Pfaff I’m addicted to The Voice and it’s not just because Adam Levine is hot. Well, I started watching because he’s hot. I continue to watch because there is constructive criticism and I can watch real talent develop. But I didn’t connect it to voice until one my local RWA chapter mates mentioned it. Voice is the difference between singing the song like the original artist and putting your own spin on it. Here’s what Jennifer L. Hart stated at our local chapter meeting:     Talk about an ‘aha’ moment. In the television show, those...

For the Love of Voice

~ By Marilyn Brant Note: This post originally appeared here.  About a month ago, I read a fabulous piece on “how to craft a great voice” written by literary agent Nathan Bransford on his blog. Writers, if you haven’t seen this, you’ll want to check it out. Really. It’s one of the best explanations I’ve ever read, and I think it addresses the complexity of the subject very well. He wrote, “Voice, at its most basic level, is the sensibility with which an author writes. It’s a perspective, an outlook on the world, a personality and style that is recognizable even out of...

How I found my voice by watching The Voice

~ By Amy Pfaff I’m addicted to The Voice and it’s not just because Adam Levine is hot. Well, I started watching because he’s hot. I continue to watch because there is constructive criticism and I can watch real talent develop. But I didn’t connect it to voice until one my local RWA chapter mates mentioned it. Voice is the difference between singing the song like the original artist and putting your own spin on it. Here’s what Jennifer L. Hart stated at our local chapter meeting:     Talk about an ‘aha’ moment. In the television show, those...

Finding Voice:

Note: This summer, we’ll occasionally be bringing back some of our favorite posts. Enjoy!  Making the Journey from Historical to Chick Lit to Young Adult ~ By Tera Lynn Childs When I went to my first RWA national conference in Dallas in 2004, I went as Regency romance writer and a Golden Heart finalist. As much as I love historical romance, there was talk everywhere about the “death of the historical” (which I have since learned is a perpetual topic of discussion). Instead, everyone was excited about this hot new genre: Chick Lit. “Oh my gosh,” I thought. “That...

Chick Lit by Any Other Name?

~ By Hillary Raymer As I delved into my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it occurred to me that my soon-to-be hopeful novel needed a “genre.” Though I don’t write the sassy chick lit that many of us have come to love, I do believe I have a strong chick lit voice, one that carries significant weight when I write my paranormal romances. So when it came time to choose a genre for NaNoWriMo, I was torn. Should I choose Romance or Fantasy? But then there was Chick Lit. A genre that many had sworn was...

Pink Carnation Follow-Up

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, we talked about Lauren Willig’s novel The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a “genre-bending” novel with a distinct chick lit voice. Today, we thought we’d share a video of Lauren reading from her book so you can hear the chick lit voice for yourself. The video was taken last spring at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City. So? What do you think? Do you hear a chick lit voice? Is this chick lit? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Review – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Chick lit in 1803?  You better believe it. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig ~ Reviewed by Hillary Raymer Lauren Willig has a wonderful chick lit voice despite the fact that her novels feature espionage, fantastic flower spies, run-ins with Napoleon, and men in knee breeches.  Her characters are a savory blend of everything we love: witty, humorous, charismatic, intriguing, and sometimes stubborn.  The men are dashing, the women are riveting and they’re perfectly paired with suspenseful plots and beautifully described history. Willig begins in modern-day London through the eyes of Eloise Kelly, the narrator...

Voice – The Conversation Continues!

What’s so important about voice? Agents and editors ask for voice by name. ~ By Chris Bailey and Melina Kantor When asked what they hoped to find in a successful entry, a third of the final round judges for the 2010 Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest said voice topped their wish list. Young Adult final round judge Emilia Rhodes from Simon & Schuster says “a voice that sparkles” sets a winning entry apart from the rest. Editor Megan Records, Kensington Publishing Corp., one of the final round judges in the paranormal category, says she’s first attracted to...

The Elusive (and All-Important) Voice

By Chris Bailey I remember a moment in a coffee shop when my critique partner wailed, “I can’t find my voice.” “Just focus on the writing,” I said. “Your voice will find you.” Sage advice. I totally believed I was right until a contest judge shook my confidence by noting on my score sheet, “The voice isn’t strong enough.” After a day or two of the usual post-feedback self-talk—OMG! WTF? IDTS!—I realized my personal inconvenient truth. I had only a vague idea of what voice means. Hearing voices I know I have the ability to recognize different voices. If...

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