40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 17

Welcome to 40 Days of 3 Questions!

For the next few weeks, meet here every morning with a notebook or document to answer three questions about writing, about your status quo as a writer, or about the writing life. You can answer briefly and go about your day, or you can use this as a warm up exercise before your regular writing schedule. Whatever works for you, works for me.

Day 17 Questions 

  1. What is your most comfortable narrative voice as a writer?
  2. Is it natural or practiced?
  3. Do you write in different narrative voices for different projects?

You may post answers in comments or keep your thoughts private–your choice!

And here is today’s pretty picture:

hello

It’s a carton of water. Odd, but at least it’s friendly.

12 thoughts on “40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 17

  1. My goal is for the reader to know who is speaking without using dialogue tags. I have such respect for the writers who can make every character sound unique. My voice does change with each project—I hope!

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  2. 1.) What is your most comfortable narrative voice as a writer? Third person is my game.
    2.) Is it natural or practiced? After years of practice, it now seems natural.
    3.) Do you write in different narrative voices for different projects? On a group blog, http://www.Killercharacters.com, I get a chance to use first person in the voice of the characters in my series.

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  3. I think the narrative voice is different from tha characters’ voices. I write in third person, with 3-5 points of view, in which the characters express themselves in their own voices.

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  4. 1. What is your most comfortable narrative voice as a writer?
    First person in a casual manner. One reviewer said she liked my breezy style and I’ll go with that.

    2. Is it natural or practiced?
    It’s natural to me.

    3. Do you write in different narrative voices for different projects?
    Most definitely! I love to take a break and write noir short stories, preferably from the POV of a nasty character. When I used multiple POV, I try to vary the narrative enough for each POV for the reader to notice. For my pre-history novels I use a voice I don’t use anywhere else. It took me many rewrites to develop it and it wouldn’t work anywhere else.

    Your milk carton is hilarious.

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  5. What is your most comfortable narrative voice as a writer? Third-person close and first person.

    Is it natural or practiced? First person has always been natural. Third has become so with a lot of practice.

    Do you write in different narrative voices for different projects? Yes. For example, my Laurel Highlands stories are told in multiple third-person close, but my historical (and a lot of my short fiction) is first person. I choose the voice that fits the story.

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  6. I’ve written seven books in the Maine Clambake Mystery series in the first person, so it feels natural now, though it didn’t a first. I have a novel due this year that’s in close third. My first book was in third person multiple and I would love to get back to that someday.

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  7. Probably first person comes the easiest, but I’ve chosen close third person for the majority of my work. I usually use 3 viewpoints or so, but most of the novel is told from my protagonist’s viewpoint .
    Writing in third person has not been easy. Maybe I read too much Hemingway years ago, but editors have said I need to go into my protagonist’s feelings more deeply. This has taken some practice; I even rewrote the first couple of chapters in first person, and then went back to third person to include the emotions and thoughts that somehow turned up in the first person version.
    I try to adapt the style of writing to the personality of the viewpoint character. I had a lot of fun writing a chapter from the killer’s perspective.

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  8. My cozies are all 1st person, because that’s what the stories and protagonists seem to want. It’s perfectly natural to me. My stand-alone WIP is in shifting 3d, fairly close, again because that’s what the story seemed to want — it couldn’t be told any other way. That, too, feels natural. My short stories vary, too — the story in the current issue of Suspense Magazine is in 1st through a male narrator, and the historical short in an upcoming issue of Alfred Hitchcock is in 3d, while its followup story is in shifting 3d with two narrators.

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  9. What is your most comfortable narrative voice as a writer? 3rd person.
    Is it natural or practiced? Natural. When I start writing most things, it’s in 3rd. I wonder about my morning pages, though.
    Do you write in different narrative voices for different projects? I wrote a few essays in 1st person which was okay. It made the writing more personal. However, I like 3rd best. I kind of like the objective distance. I did have an advisor tell me that “all” mysteries are written in 1st person so I should write in first person if I wanted to write a good one. Of course, all mysteries aren’t written in 1st person. So much for that guidance!

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