Thursday, August 12, 2010


I learned A TON about voice and the importance of it during the writeoncon conference.  So here is my attempt to teaching what I learned.

Voice is one of the most important aspects of a story, and it's something that has to be established early on.

I'm going to give you my Little Mermaid analogy.  

The first time Ariel is supposed to be shown in the movie is at the concert in the beginning.  Sadly, she didn't make it, but the important thing is that it shows her strength right from the beginning.  It's her voice (I know, a little cheesy but it worked for me).  She is the best singer of all the sisters...and also a little bit of a slacker in the merworld.  

Think about the one thing that Eric remembers Ariel by.  The one thing that connects him to her and defines who she is in his eyes.  It's her voice.  He heard her sing and that's how he recognizes her.  

So, a character's voice is what drives them in the story.  It's what makes them do what they do.  When Ariel is signing a contract with Ursula, Ursula wants to take what's most precious to Ariel.  Ariel uses her voice to get what she wants most!

Sadly, without it, Eric doesn't know her.  He thinks she's familiar, but he's not positive.  

If your character is lacking voice...they WON'T be recognizable.  It defines who they are and is the reason they act and react in a story.  

So, if an agent ever tells you, "All I want is...YOUR VOICE," you can first think of Ursula, but really go back and look at your character.  Make sure their voice is strong and consistent.  Show the agent how awesome and unique your voice is so they want it as bad as Ursula wanted Ariel's!


  1. Very interesting. Sounds like you learned a lot of good, useful info. Can't wait to see where it takes you :)

  2. Love this comparison. Voice is one of the hardest things to get into your writing, but definitely one of the most important!

  3. Loved THE LITTLE MERMAID. Loved Ursula. Great post and so true!


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