We all know that voice is one of the most important tools a fiction writer has. You might have the most amazing story, but if it’s not told in a way that’s appealing and entertaining to many people—you’re probably not going to be bought. One thing that’s occasionally plagued me, is what if my voice just isn’t that likable, or popular? It’s not exactly easy to change. I don’t think it’s even as easy as acquiring an accent—which I am very good at. I’m an excellent mimic even when I don’t intend to be. It’s a little embarrassing being such an unconscious copycat. I bet Freud would have a lot to say about that, but I digress.
Right before bed last night, I had this thought. Everybody’s voice is pretty distinctive. Not that it really matters, but do you think editors and agents can tell from a chapter if the author is a man or a woman? A young person or adult? Across all genres? A really great character writer will give each character their own personality—so there should be no hints there. It must be in the narrative. The narrative must give it away.
What do you guys think?