I was asked the fatal question recently – What’s the deeper meaning behind your book? It was a well-meaning friend who made the query, who was probably only asking to be polite. However, I took the question very seriously indeed.
This is a subject that’s dear to my heart – as it took me nearly 17 years to finally locate my ‘real’ writing voice. It’s actually a lot harder than you might initially think!
Here’s some words about writing voices, and how you can develop your natural style.
You’ve finally done it. You’ve sweated, fretted and typed away like a maniac – and now your book is finally complete.
It’s an amazing feeling, and the temptation is to send it out straight away to literary agents. After all, it’s complete, right? That’s surely as good as it gets!
There’s something great fun about mashing up genres. In fact, it’s a little bit alchemical, isn’t it? A dash of horror here, a sprinkle of chick-lit there, a dose of comedy for good measure – and there you have it, a novel that appeals on a number of different levels.