Chocolate has inspired people all around the world. From truffles to chocolate-covered gummy bears, variety is the passion of critics and fans that keeps them coming back for more. I’m right there with the rest of them. Bring on the Ghirardelli’s chocolate with caramel and a glass of milk.
The writer’s voice and chocolate have a lot in common. They are both based on a strong consumer product that are loved by the masses. Chocolate and words. To be successful, you need to stand out among the wide range of choices. Individuality is built on nuance and balance of ingredients. It is what makes each writer unique and loved by a specific fan base.
Finding the writer’s voice is sometimes illusive. The subtle differences in Junior Mints and a New York Mint are more than shape and size. In the writer’s voice, pacing, word choice, sentence length, and sentence structure are all nuances that make it unique. Your voice has its own subtleties, you just need to learn to recognize them.
Flaunt your flavor. Read some of your rough draft out loud to yourself. Savor it’s ingredients as you would your favorite chocolate. Learn its rhythm to enhance your writing and avoid editing your voice out of final drafts.
Claim your flavor. Imitation will get you no where, except give recognition to the one you have emulated. Admire the famous novelists, study what they do that works, but find your own flare in applying it to your writing.
You are your own voice. You wouldn’t put a Hershey wrapper on an Almond Joy candy bar. It just doesn’t work. Wrap your words in your voice, a unique flavor all its own.
If your writer’s voice was chocolate, what flavor would it be? What flavor of chocolate is your favorite author’s voice?
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