Writing Recommendation #1: Voice
Since you're here, you're probably an aspiring author, just like me. This is the first post in a series recommending books that have helped me improve my writing.
In my inaugural post, I'm going to tackle voice. You're probably thinking, that's darn ambitious. Maybe it is, maybe it is. This concept of voice is something I've been struggling with since like forever. I don't think I'm alone. I remember attending a writers’ conference a few years ago where an agent pontificated upon this very concept. To paraphrase the agent , I don't know what voice is, but I know a great one when I read it. A useful definition? Not so much.
Recently, I reread parts of "How to Write a Damn Good Novel II” by James Frey. I highly recommend this excellent book on the craft of writing. How does this pertain to voice? Read chapter 6. In fact, I'd go so far to say is it's a must-read for anyone needing straightforward advice on how to infuse their fiction with a strong voice. Chapter 6 is chock-full of examples. The best ones are written first with a weak, pedestrian voice and then rewritten with a bit of color.
Personally, I found these examples extremely helpful. Check them out! Let me know what you think in the comments.