How to Create Your Narrator’s Voice

Michael Noll’s Read to Write Stories is fast becoming my go-to-how-to blog for practical yet inspired writing tips.
If you’re an aspiring writer like me and are looking for a how-to-write guide (I know it doesn’t seem to make sense 🙂 please consider this blog a valuable regular check-in point.

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No aspect of writing fiction is more mysterious than creating a unique voice for the narrator. We often begin by imitating a voice that we love–Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, or any of the voices dreamed up by Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Kraus, or Gary Shteyngart. Or we try to write the way that someone we know talks. As we fail, the elusive voice becomes like a magic trick that we should know how to perform but have forgotten. So what do we do?

One writer who consistently creates compelling narrators is Joe R. Lansdale. His new novel, The Thicket (to be released September 10) is set in East Texas at the turn of the century and narrated in a voice that catches your eye before the first sentence is over. The writer Ron Carlson said that The Thicket is “told in a voice so alluring and deadpan that it makes you smile and…

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