Day 7 // Voice

Finding your voice as a writer may seem daunting, but it’s something you have to think about before starting a novel, or chances are your voice is going to change throughout the book, and that means a lot of rewriting.

So how do you find your author voice?

For today’s topic, I’ve scoured the internet for articles that stood out from the usual write every day piece of advice While this is should definitely be taken seriously, we’ve heard it before. We know.

My favorite post on voice was the following: 5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice, by Jennifer Louden.

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Day 6 // Setting

There’s nothing more annoying than being a couple of pages into a book and still have no idea where the story is taking place. I don’t need to know the exact geographical coordinates, I don’t even need to know the city the characters live in, I just want to be able to picture them somewhere.

It’s called settting the scene.

And it’s important to do it from page one. The reader needs to feel like he’s right there in with the characters so he feels compelled to keep reading.

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Day 5 // The Hook

Yesterday, we discussed the importance of the first sentence, but I believe the hook is even more important than that first line. A book becomes a page-turner when a writer has the ability to hook us and to keep us hooked.

Today, I’m going to talk about that hook. For this post, I’ve selected an article from the Writer’s Digest that I absolutely adore: 10 Ways to Hook your Reader (and Reel them in for Good).

I went through those ten ways, (which are more like steps, really) and tried to see how Suzanne Collins, consciously or not, used those steps in The Hunger Games (a book that hooked me from page one to the very last).

Here goes.

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Day 1 // Favorite First Chapters

The very first season of TEN DAYS OF WRITING has officially started, and we’re kicking off this thing with the theme of Beginnings (how fitting, Audrey)! Here’s how this is going to work:

Every day (from March 1st to 10th) a post about book beginnings will go up of AWA at precisely 8AM. (Yes, this is also a test to my self-discipline.)

Each post will tackle a branch of this wonderful theme and end with a little prompt or question to get you writing! You can set yourself a personal goal of how long or how many words you want to write each day during this challenge. (Personally, I’ve decided to challenge myself to write for half an hour every morning before work.)

*PLUS, you can take part in my personal wordcount tracker sheet, so we can all motivate ourselves to keep going!*

Here’s what’s on the menu for the ten days to come!

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lifeless

it was like that

it was lungs so fragile they could rip

and a heart so angry it would grip

it was like this

it was leaves on the ground so lifeless

and the urge to kneel down and notice

 

 

 

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