Category: voice

  • Voice: Questions?

    by Darcy Pattison Voice. It’s a confusing, complicated topic. Do you have questions you want discussed, dissected, batted around? I don’t always have answers, but I like thinking about the nuances of voice. Please post Voice questions or Revision questions here, or email me privately at darcy at darcypattison dot com. I’ll try to research […]

  • Voice Friday: Point of View

    by Darcy Pattison Does point of view affect voice? Yes. The current trend is to encourage first person point of view for young adult novels, and sometimes, I think this adversely affects the voice. The default for many years for novels was third-person point of view; you only when to first person when the attitude/personality […]

  • Voice: Rhythm made visible

    by Darcy Pattison Robert Frost says, “Good writing is good speaking caught alive.” In other words, the pitch changes, intonation and rhythm pattern can carry the meaning of a sentence like, “Nice haircut.” You can say that phrase and by changing your intonation patterns you can give it different meanings: ironic, disapproving, enthusiastic. How you […]

  • Voice Friday: Sentence Control

    Recap:  Sentences Voice Friday: Sentences Voice Friday: Sentence Control Words Voice Friday: Word Choices Voice Friday: Word Connotations Voice Friday: Word Sounds Words, then sentences. The building blocks of good writing. But how much control do you have over your sentences? Can you write a 268 word sentence? The sentence must be correctly punctuated–like this […]

  • Voice Friday: Sentences

    Recap: We’ve spent three weeks talking about how words affect voice. Voice Friday: Word Choices Voice Friday: Word Connotations Voice Friday: Word Sounds Today, in discussing voice, I want to return to the two examples with which we started the discussion of words.  But now, we’ll look at sentences. Voice Friday: Sentences Voice Friday: Sentence […]

  • Voice Friday: Word Sounds

    Voice Friday: Word Choices Voice Friday: Word Connotations Voice Friday: Word Sounds One last posting on how words affect voice–though these thoughts on words will echo throughout any discussion of voice. Newbery winner, Paul Fleischman says, “. . . the sounds of the words on the page, I would like to argue, are as worthy […]