The next day, another writer friend was coming over to help me organize for the garage sale. Oops. It was raining again. Let’s go to the bookstore and write. I wrote three more chapters that day. She wrote five new poems when the day was done. It was an incredible writing day.
Friday – Garage Sale day. Guess what I did? Yup. I went back to the bookstore and wrote. I wrote every day until I had to go back to work on Tuesday. I went back to the bookstore after work tonight. I’m off tomorrow for what was supposed to be a garage sale, but instead it’ll be working really hard to finish the draft of this book.
So what’s the difference? How can I see my narrative voice?
An editing tip that beginning writers get constantly is go through and remove all unnecessary words. The day wasn’t “excessively hot” it was “sweltering.” The dog wasn’t “very-well trained” it was “obedient.”
That’s great advice when you’re first starting out, but what it fails to take into account is the narrative voice. If my book is full of whimsy and mirth, I’m not going to say the day was sweltering. I’m going to say the day was so hot she felt the sweat dribble down her back in rivulets. It was so hot she could barely stand it.
As I’m writing this story, I have a character that is massively larger than life. Things aren’t just good. They’re MOST EXCELLENT. That’s their voice. Their style. Their characterization, and no amount of critique is going to change that for me. Because it’s my character’s voice.
Now for your writing prompt.
"Trius crossed his arms and leaned back in his chair. The smirk on his face made Eza's hand clench in a fist. Her arm very much wanted to let that fist make contact with that smirk."