As an author, you’re constantly striving to set yourself apart from the masses. You yearn for name recognition, that moment a reader lights up when you introduce yourself. You crave that next elusive level of success, the one that crows “I’ve finally made it!” Every author—published or aspiring, experienced or green—has a storytelling Voice, and developing your Voice is the first step on your journey to living your dream.

Before we dive deeper into Voice, take a few minutes to read this article by long-time NHL hockey player John Scott. Trust me, it’s worth it, and we’ll talk more about Mr. Scott and what makes his Voice so compelling.

“A Guy Like Me” by John Scott, originally posted at ThePlayersTribune.com

I’ve split this article into separate posts by element. Much easier to consume this way! You can roll through it all in one sitting, or—at your own pace—pick and choose the topics you’d like to focus on. Click on the “Point of View” bullet below to get started.

The elements of Voice

  • Point of view
  • Speech (coming soon!)
  • Lexicon (coming soon!)
  • Grammar (coming soon!)
  • Rhythm and cadence (coming soon!)
  • Emotional intent and projection (coming soon!)
    • Vulnerability, confidence
    • Sadness, anger, joy
    • Longing, hope, satisfaction

 

The take-away

See all those celebrating hockey players on the ice above? Think of them as your Voice elements. They each have their individual strengths, weaknesses, and general purpose, but it is only when they play together as a team—and intentionally play to all of their respective strengths—that they have a chance to win.

The moral of all this? Don’t puck around when it comes to crafting and honing your Voice. Unless jokester is one of your elements, in which case, puck away! Alright alright, enough with the bad hockey puns. Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!