A Writer’s Voice

I’ve never been entirely sure what voice is, while at the same time I feel it’s something I know in my bones, unique as a retinal print.

As a writer, my voice is part of me. Yet it’s not static.

The time my voice comes out most is when I’m not focusing on craft (tools of writing). However, I don’t think voice can clearly emerge unless the craft elements are already in place. When word choice and rhythm and flow are happening on the unconscious level, I think it’s easier to see the voice that’s present. Also, I think a writer’s voice is often strongest when she is writing about something important to her, especially when it’s of emotional importance. The extra commitment comes through on the page.

We can refine and strengthen our own voice in revisions just like anything else, if we know how to recognize it.

I feel voice is something that grows and changes as your skill with writing tools grows and changes, and as your topics change.

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Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.