Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dear Carolyn,

We were talking the other day about voice: what it is and what it means to a writer. You said something to me about how I try to sound like my favorite authors sometime and it just doesn't work.

You're right. (I almost wrote: you're write.)

I've been reading a lot of stories I've started and never finished. Lots of stories that petered out at the 13,000 word mark. One of 30,000 words. And none of them really sounding like me.

I give up.

From now on, I'm going to stop trying to be the next Sarah Addison Allen or Meljean or even the buttsechs writing team. I'm just going to write what I write and let myself loose.

The world might never thank us.

But I thank you. I'm writing better in one day than I have in months. My heroine is a first class screw up with a looney life. She works for me. And she sounds so damn good I already love her.

I like this voice. She sounds like someone I know.


1 comment:

  1. Lori, you're writing about me? Well, bless ya!

    He he he - kidding. Can't wait to read though, sounds like she is fun.

    Good luck with the writing.