What I’m trying to achieve is a voice sitting by a fireplace telling you a story on a winter’s evening. – Truman Capote
A great image and goal, but how do you achieve that effervescent, seamless quality in your writing? Voice is that feature. Your unique personality that shines on paper (or screen) is made of these components:
- Tone – your emotional state of mind
- Mood – your attitude as interpreted by the intended audience
- Imagery – your unique descriptive settings
- Rhythm – your pacing
Reading your work out loud is a great way to check your voice. Aim for a conversation between yourself and an imaginary friend and hear what develops.