Hello and welcome to the month of October, or should I say Preptober. If you are asking yourself what is Preptober? I’m glad that you asked, for it is the start of getting ready for NaNoWriMo and planning on the project that you are going to focus on or work during NaNoWriMo.
However, before I get fully into Preptober and taking about all the things that should be thought of for that next writing project. I first want to talk about the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference. I learned a lot about writing during my time at the conference. The topics include voice, use of backstory, and how to write a great first page for your novel. So I thought I would start today’s writing tip with talking about voice.
When it comes to voice, we as writers should not only think about the voice of the character(s) but also the voice of the story. Voice is what hooks readers into the story and wanting to keep on reading. If the voice that use is not strong or starts to fall flat then you will lose the reader. Remember, we need to keep the reader engaged for the full length of the book. More so we should voice not only as a tool but as a writing convention that should be kept in mind and in check while we are writing. Furthermore, voice is defined as:
Voice is the author’s style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique and which conveys the author’s attitude, personality, and character; or, voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of the narrator of a work of fiction.
It’s a little bit about what you say, but mostly it’s about how you say it.
When we use, voice we do need to go out on a limb and be a bit wild and crazy. Just not to crazy. Furthermore, when we are thinking about voice in terms of character, we need to think about the personality of the character and what sets them apart from everyone else in the book, such what is their special quirk that plays into their use of their voice.
Now granted, I will say when it comes to using voice, this more looked at when using first person pov, but you can almost do the same thing using third person pov, just don’t use that passive voice, and remember to be careful with the use of certain verbs.
Now as far as Preptober, today should be spent thinking about the genre that you want to write. Granted, most would not start with genre, for they would say that you should have a story idea before drilling down to genre. While, I could agree with them, I would say that genre is very essential to the story and if you have genre in mind when thinking about your story ideas, it will make it a lot easier. You don’t necessarily have to think about sub-genre unless you want to. But for the most part think about the genre that you want to write for your NaNoWriMo project. Right now, for the project that I have in mind I can drill it down as:
Fiction->Young Adult->Fantasy/Dystopian Fiction
So the way that I have drilled it down may different than the way that you might drill it down. But however you look the genre of your project, make sure that you can find other examples of it during your research phase. Remember that this month is also about research. Therefore, finding your genre is about research.
I hope that you all of a wonderful writing/planning day!