Voice Development part 3A Lesson by Camille Corbett
How to make Diction and Voice work for you.
I am a horrid, person I know.I haven't written a new lesson in ages. But I have a good excuse! Although I know I am running out of them, but I do! My father died and I had to miss school,deal with funerals, write angsty poetry, and make up for all the stuff I missed while my father was in the hospital and so on. So yes, my life is in quite the state right now. However, I am back, hopefully no more drama will occur.
Okay, now that apologies are said and done, it's time to make diction and voice your "b*****s".
In order to create your voice, you need words, and you need to arrange these words in a particular way so that it reflects the speaker.The arrangement of these words is called diction. Diction deals with the choices of the speakers vocabulary and how they express themselves. Diction also aids in characterization.
ex. The character Alex in the book Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
- He conversed almost solely in slang which showed that he was young, and that he probably was apart of some sort of criminal activity.He often talked down to adults and objectified women.
- This gave him the voice of an arrogant young criminal, which is what he is in the book.
ex. Edward in the Twilight series By Stephanie Meyer
- He often spoke with a mixture of many types 20th century slang which is very odd for a 17 year old and he was overly formal.
- This gave him the voice of a person who had been around for a long time and grew up in a place or time that require formality regularly.With his diction irregularity, the reader and the character Bella, was able to pick up that he was not normal, leading to the conclusion that he was a vampire, which he was.
Now, I want you guys to write a short story, monologue, or whatever you want, showing off the voice of a character and to explain it's diction and voice. OR you can analyze a character from a book and do like I did with the examples.
Okay. It has been too long, I've missed you guys. Have a lovely weekend guys! Chao!
Added on March 13, 2010
Last Updated on September 22, 2010
AboutI'm a 21 year old Fulbright ETA writing to kill the time and find my sanity. I have been gone for a while. But I have returned, so watch out for some new stories.