Your Voice as a Writer: Point of View

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Honestly, this is the hardest topic to discuss or teach. For example, I wrote New York Minute in omniscient, translucent, single character.

Right. Got it? What I mean is I wrote in omniscient voice, which is different than third person, but following only one character, my protagonist Will Kane. The translucent means I was behind him, filtering everything through him, but it WAS NOT first person. Got it now?

Yeah. Here’s the thing about POV. It’s your voice as a writer. There are writers who can sell books simply on their voice. If Jimmy Buffet can set your writing to music, aka Prince of Tides, then you’ve probably got a great voice.

I’ve worked on voice for decades, honing it, refining it. I always knew it was an issue for me. I literally had to go get my brain tested to figure out how it worked and to learn what my issues with voice were. Turns out I’m on the autism scale; high-functioning, which used to be called Aspergers. But it’s been both a blessing and a problem for me as a writer. It’s allowed me to sit alone and write over 75 books. But it’s also caused me to have issues with my voice.

Here are some thoughts on voice that you might find useful.

The Novel Writers Toolkit

Originally published at https://bobmayer.com.

West Point grad; Special Ops Vet; NY Times bestseller of over 80 books; for free books and over 200 free downloadable slideshows go to www.bobmayer.com

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