Google it? Google what?

As I begin to explore beyond my own thoughts, and into the realm of what other people have to say about voice, I find interesting results. I began by simply searching the term ‘voice’ in several search engines/databases: google, google scholar, the VIU online databases, and SFU’s databases. I quickly came up with close to 2 million results, clearly my search term was too broad. I was then faced with a conundrum, what is the technical term for the type of voice I am exploring? Or, is there one? So far, I have come to believe that I am re-defining the term to some extent. So far ‘Writer’s voice’ is what best represents my exploration. I am hoping to transcend this boundary by expanding the concept of writer’s voice beyond written word in order to apply it to other mediums. I believe that there is a real correlation between the concept of writer’s voice, and the voice other media.

Here are some quotes that define writer’s voice in just the way that I see it:

“One of your most powerful tools as a writer is not your vocabulary, your mastery of grammar or even your fancy computer — it’s your voice. Your unique blend of description, character and style allows you to talk to the reader through the printed word. Without a voice, a manuscript may have an exciting plot, interesting characters and a surprise ending, but it might not get published. The voice is what beckons the reader to curl up with a book and whispers, “Pay attention. I’m going to tell you a story.”” (Backes)

I love this explanation by Patrica A. Jones:

“This volatile voice is deep inside of me. This character who jumps up and down on my eardrums is a force to be dealt with and only I can hear him. Only I can unlock his cage and release him upon the world. 

The Writer’s Voice changes with each character, yet the underlying tone, the way the words flow out on the paper, the color and sound of words used, the variation of sentence length, all belong to the Writer. The voice is unique. The voice isn’t necessarily fancy or “writerly,” but we know that fancy is never as good as clarity and immediacy….

At last, we realize our Writer’s Voice is within our own heart and mind. It is who we are, what we have experienced, whom we have met on our journey through life. All the living we’ve done comes into play and we knit these collective experiences into something wonderful called the Writer’s Voice. Once we learn to listen to the voices, we come into our own as writers. With certainty we know that we, too, have a voice and we are ready to speak.”


Works Cited

Backes, Laura. “Finding Your Voice.” Write4Kids. Write4Kids, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.

A. Jones, Patricia. “Do You Hear What I Hear?Business Know-How. Patricia A. Jones, 1998. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.