Am I anywhere near establishing a unique narative voice in my own writing? How would I describe this voice?
I’m getting closer to seeing my own voice in my writing. I’d like to say that i’s fluent, serious yet sometimes humourous. Engaging, informative. I’m not sure! I will ask a friend to comment and see what she says.
Do I intend to use predominantly 1st-person or 3rd person narration? Will there be a single narrative voice or more than one?
I want to explore more 1st-person narrative because it seems to relate to a child’s way of thinking. It’s a more immediate style and seems to capture the imagination of the narrator. As a reader, you really understand the character, as though you’ve climbed into their skin. For a child, this intimacy of engagement is really important.
Do I feel more confident about using dialogue in my own writing?
Yes very much and I now understand more fully how effective dialogue can be. I’ve probably underestimated the power of dialogue and the impact it can have on the plot. I didn’t realise how powerful an effect it had on the empathy one has with a character and how the reader can relate to them through conversation. I’ve also enjoyed trying the many varied techniques with dialogue which I hope to draw upon in the future.
Have any new ideas been generated by your work in Project Two?
Yes! I really want to try writing a children’s ghost story in the 1st-person, possibly journal-style.