I was lucky enough to attend Chautauqua a couple of summers ago and this is one thing I took away from that fantastic, week long, intensive workshop.
It is Peter Jacobi's definition of voice:
different with a purpose
I recently pulled this quote out, laid it next to my WIP and started going through the pages.
Want to know what I found?
I'll tell you ... I need to work harder.
I'm writing a lovely piece. Nothing inherently wrong with it. But, it needs to be more visual. More startling. The characters need to have inescapable situations. It needs increased vitality and energy.
I'm not exactly sure HOW I'm going to thread these things through, but I know that I can. After a fair amount of blood, sweat and tears, I think I was able to accomplish at least some of these on my novel With A Name Like Love...so I believe it is a possibility in this current work as well.
And, I'm thankful for Mr. Jacobi's advice.
As advice goes, I think it was pretty good.
Questions for you: Which of these words stand out to you most? Which one do you have the easiest time with? Which the most difficult? What do you look for in a favorite read?
PS: a huge thanks to everyone who weighed in on my last blog post discussion. It was fantastic to get to really know you through your honest opinions and it gave me opportunity to learn, think, grow. All good things.