Thursday, May 20, 2010

I hear voices...

I've read an awful lot about "voice" lately. It seems that the big thing in writer blogging these days is talking about voice. Everyone seems to have an opinion about voice, and advice on how to find yours.

But not me.

I don't really have any advice on finding a voice, and I don't really know how I managed to find mine. I do know, however, that one of my beta readers just compared my voice to Neil Gaiman!

I was super-excited to hear that - and then I realized that I don't actually know what his voice sounds like. The only novel of his that I've read is "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett, and I've been told that Pratchett's voice is the more prominent of the two. Luckily, Cavid is awesome and lent me a copy of "Neverwhere."

Now I've got a dilemma... I'm in the middle of re-reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, because I still haven't read Confessor, but I want to review the whole series, rather than just jumping into the last book. But now I have "Neverwhere" sitting on the table, and I really want to read it! I'm afraid that it will interrupt the flow of the series in my head, though, and I'll have to start over. Maybe I'll just read really fast...

Finally, today is my 600th post on this blog! Hooray! In honor of that, I want to do something different. I want to give stuff away! That's right, post a comment for a chance to win a hamster bean, handmade by me. Deadline is 10 pm EST tomorrow! I need more exclamation points!!
EDIT: Here's a link to some hamster beans - the one I'm making is all multi-coloured and cute!

1 comment:

blogginginthedark said...

Can my comment be about how much I love the new look for the blog? :)
And honestly, I think "voice" is not so important as long as it's yours.
Goodkind and Gaiman (esp. Neverwhere Gaiman) DO have very different flavors, though, and I'm not sure they're complimentary. I'd finish one before starting the other, and maybe look at some pictures of lemurs in between, to cleanse the palette.
What's a hampster bean?