How to find your author voice – interview with Joanna Penn

author voiceHello! I’m slightly late posting this week because I knew I had this waiting. Joanna Penn invited me back to her podcast to thrash out a thorny topic – how to find your author voice.

We discuss what voice is, how to develop it, how character dialogue differs from narrative voice, how authors might adapt their style for different kinds of book, voice considerations for non-fiction, the value of experimenting and – that perennial favourite – why literary fiction might take so darn long to write. Plus side helpings of Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater, so bring a picnic.

You can get it on video, audio download or written transcript – it’s all here.


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  1. #1 by depatridge on July 25, 2016 - 2:31 pm

    Reblogged this on omigacouk.

  2. #4 by jrhandleyblog on July 26, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Great interview! I’m always impressed at you authors who are way more prolific than I…… very humbling! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #5 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on July 27, 2016 - 6:39 am


      • #6 by jrhandleyblog on July 27, 2016 - 5:24 pm

        Is there any trick to being able to be so prolific?

        • #7 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on July 27, 2016 - 5:41 pm

          Persistence and solid craft. And an endless hunger to learn. That probably sounds glib, but there are few short cuts. However, I’ve shared the short cuts I DO know in the little books you’ll see to the right here….

          • #8 by jrhandleyblog on July 27, 2016 - 5:42 pm

            I will check out your self help books, thanks…..

          • #9 by jrhandleyblog on July 27, 2016 - 5:43 pm

            Might I suggest linking that to Amazon…. mostly for lazy clickers like me? LOL

            • #10 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on July 27, 2016 - 6:10 pm

              Not everyone buys from Amazon ๐Ÿ™‚ And it’s only one more click. Persistence.

            • #11 by jrhandleyblog on July 27, 2016 - 6:17 pm

              Saw it seconds after I posted… ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. #12 by dgkaye on July 27, 2016 - 3:05 am

    Great post Roz and Joanna. I read the transcript. And I know how some authors struggle with voice. I suppose I was fortunate to have found mine with my first book. Especially in memoir writing, a voice should represent the tone of the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #13 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on July 27, 2016 - 6:40 am

      Hi Debby! Yes, finding the right voice for the book is like finding the right actor to play a character. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. #17 by Alexander M Zoltai on April 13, 2017 - 3:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    If you’re a writer (and, if not, tell you writer friends { and, if no writer friends, please befriend one ๐Ÿ™‚ — this re-blog on Voice has a video with Roz Morris being interviewed!

  5. #18 by Extrinsic Entity on December 23, 2017 - 3:40 pm

    I’ve only recently discovered Roz and her works. Totally amazing writer and I plan to read all her books.
    This discussion was very intuitive and helpful.

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