This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe, Jaye Wells, Moses Siregar, and Jordan Ellinger talk about creating your voice.
It’s interesting to me how a writer can have a strong voice and be a very good storyteller, but fall down when it comes to the line-by-line writing. Everyone has gifts and genius, and some can do things that others just can’t duplicate no matter how much they learn or practice. But I don’t think that should bother you, because you have your strengths as well. Everybody does. Don’t discount them. Figure out what they are, and take advantage of them. If you kick ass at writing battle scenes, then you should have battle scenes in your book. If you write amazing dialogue, then you should have a lot of dialogue in your book. If you’re genius at pacing, then you take advantage of that and make sure that your readers a glued to your pages for the whole ride. If you’re really good at dissecting ideas and creating compelling, thoughtful arguments, then emphasize your themes.
And if you get an MS back from me or another editor, and it’s absolutely filled with red ink, that doesn’t mean you suck and you shouldn’t write. If I include in my critique that I really liked the story and think it has huge promise, I’m not lying, and all that red ink isn’t the proof of that. What that means is that you have an awesome voice, you’re a good storyteller and you need to work on your technical skills.