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Presentation outline from Writing Club program at George Memorial Library in Richmond, TX on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
In Search of
that draws in readers
Voice is how the story is told “Voice is a unique personality of a literary work.” –LiteraryDevices.net
The correct voice helps with relatability Think “this happened to someone” vs “this happened to your mother”
Your voice does NOT have to be formal English
Consistency is your ally
Involve the Senses
Evolve this scene
Sarah walked into the cafeteria and sat down.
Sarah sat down on the cold, hard chair. The voices were so loud, she couldn’t even hear herself think.
To draw readers in, don’t just tell the story, let readers experience it
SHOW instead of TELL
Sarah was sad. Did she cry? Frown? Have her gaze downcast?
Why is Sarah sad? Would that make us sad, too?
Sarah felt sad because she sat alone at a table.
The scraping of the chairs on the sticky, laminated floor only added to her sadness.
Everyone was talking, laughing, having a good time. Sarah had so many stories to contribute, but no one even glanced in her direction.
People experience emotions in layers. So, too, should characters.
Analyze: what is the obvious emotion my character feels?
Then: what else is she feeling?
Ask a third time: what else is she feeling?
Sarah felt sad and lonely.
Sarah took her napkin cleared the space on the table for her lunch. With her other hand, she rubbed the tears from her cheek with slow, long swipes, secretly hoping someone would notice.