Maybe it's because I'm getting ready to release EXPOSED on Friday, but I'm thinking about voice these days. Most likely my brain is making the switch from marketing to writing. I haven't done much writing these last couple of months, but I can feel the need building inside. Great timing too, because my writing group starts a writing challenge this month.
"What writers hear, when they are trying to write, is something more like singing than like speaking. Inside your head, you're yakking away to yourself all the time. . . . What you are trying to do when you write is to transpose the yakking into verbal music; and the voice inside, when you ﬁnd it, which can take hours or days or weeks, is not your speaking voice. It is your singing voice--except that it comes out as writing." (Louis Menand, "Introduction: Voices." The Best American Essays 2004. Houghton Mifflin, 2004)There's a magical zone I reach when I'm writing and it is an awesome place to be. Sometimes it's happens during the first draft when things are spilling out and kind of sort of making sense and you know it's good stuff. Other times too. But my favourite zone happens during the editing process. Usually around the second or third go round. You know exactly what each character would say, how they would react, you know their secrets, their strengths and their weaknesses. They know everything about them. And you can make them do anything.
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What's your favourite zone to be in?