What Does Your Elephant Look, Feel Or Sound Like?

A distinctive writer’s voice commands reputation and pride, not to mention earning livelihood. Therefore screenwriters and filmmakers desire to be captivating, entertaining and inspiring. Any distinctive style is called the writer’s voice; which if not achieved makes stories somewhat meaningless. Otherwise the writer’s voice indicates his or her relationship or empathy with characters or handling of story plots.


The writer’s voice cannot be estimated, but it is individualistic and an definable identity. It is how the writer personalizes the use of words, grammar or structure to translate life. It’s is a matter of three blind men interpreting their perception of an elephant. So each writer approaches and interprets life from a personalized perspective or point of view. We could heighten colors and texture among emotions used to realize story characters. To that extent the audience will empathize with writer’s lead character or protagonist; indeed get entertained by expression of the WRITER’s PERSONA.


While reflecting the writer’s persona, it humanizes the writer’s characteristics therefore influences the writing voice. The writer’s voice (PERSONA) therefore includes his emotions, passions and dislikes among beliefs, dreams, wishes, fears and attitude. It exudes the writer’s feelings on theme and issues; truly communicates intended message and the story goal. So it impacts the audience interest and enjoyment.


Tone, most important element reveals a lot about the writer’s voice, when he or she uses punctuation, wording or grammar in a different way. This is similar to creating special effects that ultimately creates a film director's unique voice or style. It’s about how you say, what you want to share: humor, dark drama, ironic, jovial or sophisticated. These are all adjustable, more so with type of narrator, time, content etc. Albeit there must be consistency in text and style. Which is reflected in the rhythm or pace of the text through technical elements: long or short phrase structures and paragraphs, sound patterns, rhymes or punctuation.


The writer’s voice is variable, because writers can be flexible for different styles. This means writers can be incisive or superficial on different subject matters. This could be in novels, short stories, process articles etc. or poems, yet writer’s voice remains the central element. It can be fresh for new writers, but native to persons and not transferable.


Every writer’s voice is unique and personal; but we only adjust our writers’ voices depending on what is being written. Compared to how we also talk with nuances, an 18th Century story will need the writer’s habitation of language and culture of the period. It is the writer’s interpretation of such situations, mindsets and actions that reveals the writer’s voice.


On the whole the writer’s voice can be inspired and improved as it grows with repeated practice over time. It requires increasing writing, use of elements and learning new ones to test different approaches. Enough practice gives up spontaneous production of content by writers. Howbeit you can find your writer’s voice by reading a lot, mainly writers that you enjoy. That way such sources of inspiration are also sources of material, which you need to test and adapt, if desirous of writing like them. Yes the writer’s voice is improvable with practice and inspiration.


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