Scribers, here’s a fab challenge to sink your teeth into, it’s ‘Voice Week’, I took part in this a couple of years ago; it is a great exercise for testing your voice in your written work. I highly recommend you guys taking part, it’s quite fun and helps you to understand how you use voices in your pieces and if they need building any further.
Here’s a post post from Stepahanie which explains it clearly, (I’m unable to reblog it onto here):
“Voice Week 2013 will take place November 4 – 8
Yes, friends, the third annual Voice Week is almost here!
What is voice?
Think of voice as the personality behind your writing. It’s not so much what you say, but how you say it. The words you choose and the way you structure your sentences tells us something about you (or the narrator). Middle-aged truckers talk differently from middle school girls.
What is Voice Week?
Voice Week is a chance to stretch our literary vocal chords and experiment with different voices. Specifically, five different voices. We each write five versions of a flash fiction piece (each piece about 100 words). Your pieces can be from five different characters telling the same story, or five different personalities of the same character, or five totally unrelated characters who don’t know each other but are writing about the same thing. Whatever. The point is to play with your literary voice.
How does it work?
Voice Week headquarters is over yonder. Post a comment on this blog or anywhere on the Voice Week site to officially join in the event. I’ll add your name to the blogroll and you’ll be entered in the running for the prize (to be announced – but it’ll be a book). Come November 4 – 8, start posting one piece a day on your blog, I’ll reblog them all on the Voice Week site, and we’ll all have a field day (field week?) reading each other’s voices, and offering comments and suggestions.
You fiend! Why’d you schedule it during NaNoWriMo?!?
Because that’s when my vacation fell (I discovered two years ago it is very hard to run Voice Week while working full time). If you want to participate in Voice Week and NaNoWriMo, you have two options:
- Write all your Voice Week pieces ahead of time and just post them Nov 4-8 (that’s what I do, anyway). No taking time away from your NaNo writing.
- Use the Voice Week pieces in your NaNoWriMo novel. This means you’ll have to wait till November 1 to start writing them, but it also means writing your NaNo novel in five different voices – which might just make it easier to reach 50,000 words.
All the info is right here. Or ask questions in the comments. You can also shoot me a comment to sign un (please do!).”