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My majors in college were a) English with a double emphasis in Film and British Lit and b) Cross Cultural Sociology. I was three hours short of a third full major in Communications and somehow managed to graduate in four years. I didn't take any creative writing classes. I didn't think I was good enough.
One of my film profs was big on journaling. He'd give us topics related to the movies we were watching and ask us to write whatever we thought, as if we were speaking aloud, with no consideration for grammar, punctuation or bad language. The journaling exercises were the best preparation for writing fiction I could possibly imagine. They gave me a firm foundation in voice. (I have been remiss in not giving a big shout out to Dr. Gerald Wood, my advisor at CNC. I'll never call him Gerry.)
Voice is what distinguishes writers from one another. Imagine if Janet Evanovich tried to write Twilight or if Stephen King tried to write The Firm. Or if Stephen King tried to write Twilight. (BTW, jealous much, Steve-O?) Weaver is the first of what I hope is a three story arc. While all the stories involve the same set of core characters, each book is from the perspective of a different character.
So, here are my questions. If you're a writer, do you have any tricks to get into the head of the character's you're writing, such as a playlist or a piece of art? If you're a reader, how important is voice to you? Have you ever read a book and liked the plot but been too annoyed by the character's voice to enjoy it?
And, coming soon...Edward On A Stick. It's time for him to go viral.