Let's talk a bit about "voice".
- What does it mean to you?
- What would you say are the elements of voice in fiction? (that is... like sentences, word choice, attitude, distance, viewpoint, whatever).
- Have you read manuscripts and book and stories that didn't have much voice? What was the effect? (Examples from big bestsellers who won't be harmed by our using it as example.:)
- How would you characterize your voice-- three adjectives maybe? (Ex. Spare, stark, precise./ Lush, over-the-top, poetic./ Subversive, ironic, clever.)
- Do you work on your voice as you draft, or do you go with what comes naturally?
- Can you "revise in" your voice, or do you stay with what your voice comes out as in your first draft?
- Have you written passages or scenes where you thought you didn't have a voice?
- Now let's say I want to ask people to characterize their voice using some kind of metaphor or analogy, like "if your voice was a food, what would it be?" "Is there a song or musician who sounds like your voice?"
- Any great thoughts about voice I can steal (with attribution)?
This is really hard to teach-- it's kind of vague, and yet deeply individual.