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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 13

Give Your Story a Voice

Narration is the lens through which your reader experiences a story, and it includes two fundamental elements: voice and point of view. This chapter focuses on voice, and the next one gives you an in-depth look at point of view.

Voice is the sound and tone of your story. It’s the piece of you that goes into everything you write. It’s your literary fingerprint, your signature style, and it develops over time. As your writing skills grow, you will learn to modulate your voice and adjust it depending on the context. Voice isn’t useful in “creative” writing alone, either. It comes through in blog posts, articles, and anything else you write.

Voice is one of the most delicate elements of writing, and if you’re not ...

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