At the end of my commenting on this month’s Are You Hooked I realized I had:
30 Not Hooked(s)
and 8 On The Fence(s)
so I went back through and picked out my top favorites and I realized that all of them I picked for the same reason: voice.
11: The Biggest Weirdo in the Whole Eighth Grade***** If I were an agent, I would snatch this one up to read.
Runner Ups (in no particular order)
36: The-Not-So-Beauty-Pageant Queen
25: Stop the Presses
Honorable Mentions (picked for originality, not voice)
19: Prisoners of the Throne
27: Forest for the Trees
Now I’ve heard agents talking about how much voice matters to them, but I never realized until now just how much it matters to me. I should have though, because in my reading I tend toward the authors with more voice than others. It’s the reason I love Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson and Scott Westerfeld’s Tally Youngblood. They have voice.
Now I want voice. In my writing that is.
Maybe it’s something I can work on more.
There is, in fact, a project that I believe could be great, but I refuse to start in earnest until I feel like I have a solid unique voice for my main character.
How’s your voice?