|Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany|
The smartest answer?
Make it sound real.
This reminds me of Tatiana Maslany's incredible delivery of - what is it now, twelve - cloned versions of herself? The writers give each character a different personality, back-story and voice, and Tatiana delivers in a way that feels authentic. Not forced.
And those accents!
Editor Ariel Hahn says voice is the absence of artifice. It’s what comes out when you have just yourself. She says not to worry though; it will develop on its own if you keep writing!
It takes self-reflection for a writer to pull this off. Les Edgerton suggests that the best way to find your voice is to write autobiographically. "Writers will never find a powerful, evocative voice until they learn to be bone-deep honest with themselves, open and vulnerable”.
As the saying goes, if you’re a writer, who needs therapy?
Here are examples of voice in two different projects I’m currently working on:
Black Tuesday (w/t) - NY, 1926 Paranormal Romance
The secretaries were like birds on a hot wire, all a chatty flap. Hammond’s door was open, the man shouting on the phone.
“What happened?” Charlotte asked the receptionist.
“He was actually here!”
“Who?” Charlotte knew perfectly well who. It was all she could do to keep from running after him.
“Leon Marcottie!” the office girls said in unison.
“Him?” Charlotte managed to shrug one shoulder. “I hear he’s a real cake eater . . .”
The Blood in the Beginning (w/t) - 2020, LA Urban Fantasy
The detective and I went way back, not in a cozy, family friendship way, hell no. He’d set me straight when I went a little wayward.
Okay. A lot wayward . . .
Rourke kept me out of juvie, for the most part, and though there’d been no luck finding decent foster care, he started me in the LA-MMA junior circuit, and that saved my life.
“You want to fight, you might as well learn how not to get killed.”
When I showed up for my first class, he was leading it. Yeah, we went way back.
VOICE is like a fingerprint - if you listen closely, you’ll find the writer’s unique signature. Do you have a favorite voice in film, TV or novels? I’d love to hear more! Comments welcome. :)
Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.
You can find out more about Kim at kimfalconer.com or on the 11th House Blog, and on FaceBook and Twitter. She posts here at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month. Her latest release is"Blood and Water" in Supernatural Underground: Vampires Gone Wild.