in which i discuss writing voices


Hello, fellow bloggers! This is my first ever discussion in this blog and I’m excited about it. Hopefully, through this new format, I’ll be able to express myself better and make my thoughts more coherent. (Or I’ll just flail and cry, like I do most of the time).

Today, I wanted to discuss writing voices. This is something that has been a lot on my mind lately, as I blog and write more. I think having a writing voice is soooooo hard and I definitely admire people who are able to have one.

oneWhat’s the difference between a writing voice and a writing style?

To me, the writing style encompasses a lot more than a writing voice. It has to do with the pacing; the amount of dialogues and descriptions; the way the story evolves. You describe someone’s writing style by saying it was very descriptive, slow-paced and atmospheric; or straight-forward and dialogue based. Every author has a distinct writing style, that’s for sure, but they’re less unique than a writing voice.

To have a writing voice is to make a certain personality come through the page. It’s being able to tell whose author does that belong to because of the way it is written. I do believe writing voices are more common for articles and journalists than for fiction. That’s because stories have narrators; and if you’re reading a first-person novel, you’re more likely to see the character’s personality come through rather than the author’s. There’s not much space for snarky remarks or witty comments when you’re inside someone else’s head. I still believe we can have great authors with distinct writing voices on fiction, which moves me to my next point.


Authors with an unique writing voice.

When I think about authors whom I can distinct by even the smallest of the quotes, I always think about Rainbow Rowell. To me, she has an amazing writing voice; one that I can always identify, through each and everyone of her stories. Even though she is mostly a contemporary author, she has fantasy works (I love Carry On to pieces by the way) and she writes both on YA and adult. Despise the broad variety of genres that she explores, you can tell her voice in every one of them.

Taking two quotes from two different novels:

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.” CARRY ON

“Could love me and love me and love me without…needing space.”
“There’s no air in space,” he said.” ATTACHMENTS

I don’t know if these two quotes will be enough to explain what I mean, but I think it’s visible how her voice comes through every sentence she writes. Both of these metaphors to explain a desperate type of love are quirky and unique.

I also think about Stephanie Perkins when I think about writing voices. Just like Rainbow Rowell, her quirkiness comes through the page no matter what character she’s writing about. However, because I haven’t read enough by her, I don’t know whether it also shows in her non-contemporary work.


To have a writing voice when blogging

As I mentioned earlier, to recognize a writing voice is more common for journalists and article writers, but I also think it’s there on book blogging as well. Actually, this is something I worry a lot about when writing posts and reviews – to make sure that my personality can come through the text. If it is through witty comments or fangirling sections that have to be strike-through, I like to have my post sounding unique.

Cait, from paperfury, has to be the queen of blogging voices. You can tell when it’s Cait, either through her reviews, tweets or actual posts. She has a very unique way of writing and adding witty comments, which is why her content is always so fun to read.


Now that I’ve done my fair share of discussion, I want to know from you: do you know some authors whose writing voices you admire? Or bloggers? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments! (And also how did I do for my first discussion post in a while? Hopefully, it’s not too long and I was able to make my point well LOL).