Didn't we call a moratorium on sick children just a few weeks back? Because it's not working. Yesterday, in the orthodontist's office, I glanced over at my six year old because he was being too quiet. He's never quiet. Sentences beginning with the phrase, "And Mommy..." constantly issue forth from somewhere in the region of his toes, judging by the volume.
Anyway, I look over and he's just sitting there, cheeks bright red, eyes bloodshot, looking like he might melt to the floor at any second. I called him over and he had the whole you-could-fry-an-egg-on-this-sidewalk thing going on, except instead of sidewalk, skin.
What you have to appreciate is that I had held him on my lap not thirty minutes before. He was fine. No fever, no coughing, not so much as a sniffle. I have no idea what's wrong with the kid.
On top of that, I have been too busy to go see The Hunger Games and it's making me grumpy. I know, I know...first world problems. I'll stop my squawking now. Moving on.
What They Said:
"Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great or original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished." ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
What I Heard:
Copycats are never great. ~ Sam
Voice is something I struggle with on kind of an on-again, off-again basis -- like that kid you dated in high school. You know the one.
Whenever I start a new story, I aim for voice right off the bat. If I don't have that (like that last novel that left me floundering), it goes nowhere. But when I do...magic. So I'm typing along and, somewhere in the middle of the MS, I start to lose it. Then, at the end, I'm all, "Hey. Where'd my voice go? Who wrote this crap?" and I put it back in revisions.
Sometimes, though, I have the great misfortune of reading a really excellent book in the middle of drafting. And then I go back and read what I've written. And it's in someone else's voice entirely. Oy.
Now, the fact that I do this at all probably means that I'm still a plebe. However, the fact that I'm recognizing it, fixing it, and doing it less and less means that I'm learning. I'm okay with that.
I don't know if I want to be "great." There's a lot of baggage that comes along with "great." But I do want to be original. Since there are no more original thoughts left in the world, I'll have to settle for having an original voice. That I can do. Pretty sure.
Who's your favorite writing voice?