I'll admit it. I read a lot of books and generally enjoy most of the books because I have a system. I'll read the synopsis, then check out the first page. If the first page captures my attention, will pick random pages here and there. It's generally harder when buying online unless familiar with the author. I love Amazon and Barnes and Noble because you can peek inside the book. I always try to find an excerpt that will give me some idea of the author's writing style and if the story engages me. There have been times have thrown caution to the wind and either been pleasantly surprised or really really hated the book. I usually don't do negative reviews but going to make an exception for a book I read for TLC Book Tour - The Tobacco Wars. Trish talked me into - saying folks will appreciate a honest review rather than not saying anything at all. Besides its the first book I've read as a TLC Book tour host that I actually didn't like. My review will be up on Thursday, July 28th so stay tuned.
So excited and happy because just received Lori Foster's latest Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series: When You Dare, Trace of Fever and Savor the Danger. Just love it when get sent books for one of my favorite authors, especially when its a steamy romantic mystery suspense story. *sigh*
Just finished reading my first Cara Black book Murder in the Marais. It is #1 in her Aimee Leduc series about a female private investigator in Paris. I discovered Aimee is a feisty chick who jumps into situations fearlessly, throws herself body (literally) and soul into her investigations. She isn't afraid of a few bruises and once she's on somebody's trail, doesn't let go. I was amazed at this character's tenacity. I was exhausted just reading the story. Paris is more than just the setting, it is also a living breathing character that helps bring the story to life. I also highlighted Cara today over at Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks reading challenge. It's week 30 already!
How to Find Your Writing Voice" When I first started writing, I started hearing about writing voice and didn't have a clue what it meant. James explains it best:
"What is writing voice?
That’s a good question. Your actual voice has pitch and timbre and tone, and you speak in a certain way or with a particular accent. Your writing is much the same – it has a similar pitch and timber, it has a specific tone and style, and it stamps your words with a particular feel, beat or pattern.
People can “hear” your writing voice subconsciously as they read your text through a process called sub-vocalization. This means that as we read, we sort of “whisper” the words to ourselves, which helps us grasp more meaning, more understanding and retain the message longer in our memory.
Your writing voice is important, no doubt about it. So why is it so hard to pin down?"
It's a great article and has some example of great exercises to help find your writing voice and I love his last statement:
Enjoy yourself. Write as if you’re the only person who’ll ever read your work. Take pleasure in what you’re doing and just be you. Your writing voice? It’ll come to you all on its own – naturally."
I'm getting there. It's when I fight myself and try to control the process that the words comes out with my characters sound stilted and awkward. I think the more you write, the more you become comfortable in your own writing skin, willing and able to try different things and see how it works. Blogging is also a part of that and have noticed in following different authors and reading their books, their voices, whether on the blog or in their books, reflect them. I think I've found my voice through blogging and it's helped with fiction writing. At least hope it is. Which leads to my goals for this week (nice little segue, eh!)
1. Write for at least 1/2 hour every morning towards finishing first draft of Red Thief.
2. Morning pages - using as creativity journal working out issues on the page and if feel the need to whine, taking it to the pages.
3. G.I.T. training - Treadmill for 40 minutes 5 days this week. Plus work up strength training program for my son and I.
4. Cheerleading duties as sponsor visiting other participants and providing encouragement and high fives. Still working on that cheer. :)
Check out how everyone else is doing here.
Happy reading and writing!
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” - E.L. Doctorow