Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Writer's Voice: Only One Person Could Write That

Jeff Linsay, the author of the crime novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which Showtime based their preposterous, yet interesting and compelling TV series Dexter on, wrote an interesting piece on the writer's voice for the Wall Street Journal.

Good writing does not come from emulating, either. It comes from saying what you mean in a way that no one else can say it. F. Scott Fitzgerald is not Charles Dickens, and the difference goes far beyond time and place and subject matter.

It is more than style, too. Style is the part that we can actually see, but it is just the surface. The real difference is underneath all that. It is a direct expression of who a writer is and why he writes.

It is The Voice.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

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