After I posted a few stories, most of the response came from adults. Married housewives commented on the sex scenes. One actually claimed that although she’s a mother of three and has had plenty of sex in her life, she’s never had sex that hot. My story made her blush.
Pretty good for a virgin, as I was a virgin when I wrote that story.
Besides the love scenes thought, I had plenty reviews and emails commenting on my voice. Readers loved it.
I always wondered what the heck is the voice? How can they know my voice if they’ve never heard me speak? And really, my (speaking) voice grates on my own nerves, it’s so nasal (from sinus issues) it sounds like a mix between Britney Spears and Fran Dresser. Really, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. I can’t believe that at some point in my life I wanted to be a singer, and actually had friends who deluded me into thinking that I could make it in the industry.
Anyway, I always thought it was a fan fiction thing. That fan fic readers cared about the “voice” while it wouldn’t be important in real publishing.
Now I’m in real publishing, and I keep seeing editors and publishers constantly comment on their blogs about how they’re looking for that unique voice. I recently had an editor friend of mine tell me that the number one rule for all editors is not to compromise the author’s voice while editing. She said the voice is very important.
But the question still remains, what is the voice? Am I the only one who has no clue? What would you describe the “voice” as? Please be specific and give examples if you can.
Talking about voice, I’ll leave you with this song that’s been playing on my mind all morning. “The Voice Within” by Christina Aguilera.