Voice Development part 2

Voice Development part 2

A Lesson by Camille Corbett

How to chose the words that will project your voice in the best light


Diction is everything, absolutely everything!
Diction is the tool that makes voice whole!
Consider diction and voice as lovers, inseparable. They need one another the same way Juliet needed the warm embrace of Romeo. And in the same way, without it, voice loses any sort of life it ever had with glorious diction!

Now that you know it's important, thanks to my shameful but necessary gushing, let's define diction!


1.style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
2.the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.

Thank you Dictionary.com for your help!

Okay. While looking at this definition I also came to the most endearing snippet about our bosom buddy, diction. Gander at it's helpfulness!

Diction's synonyms:usage, language. Diction, phraseology, wording refer to the means and the manner of expressing ideas. Diction usually implies a high level of usage; it refers chiefly to the choice of words, their arrangement, and the force, accuracy, and distinction with which they are used: The speaker was distinguished for his excellent diction; poetic diction. Phraseology refers more to the manner of combining the words into related groups, and esp. to the peculiar or distinctive manner in which certain technical, scientific, and professional ideas are expressed: legal phraseology. Wording refers to the exact words or phraseology used to convey thought: the wording of a will. 

Hopefully by now you understand what diction is.If you do not I want you to refer to wikipedia who has a very good take on diction.

Okay next lesson I will interactively show you the connection of diction and voice. Right now I want you to understand the technical definition so you're not completely lost!


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Posted 11 Years Ago

It isn't just about the characters. It's also about what you want the reader to feel. If you want the reader to feel unhappy, tense, anxious, use simple sentences with no adjectives, adverbs, or phrases. "John sat down. The cushion was hot. The sun baked the floor near him."

If you are looking for something restful and at ease, the sentences become long with more description. They become complex. "Without a word, Mary picked up the home made carafe and refilled it from the well. The clear water spilled over the lip and made runnels down the sides that sparkled in the morning sun. Despite the early hour, the breeze had already warmed."

To gather speed and excitement, stay clear of every derivation of the verb, "to be". "Peter jumped down from the sill. All the others shoved and sprinted toward the doorway. 'Well, I guess I know which way I'll go!" he said cheerfully. Turning away from the door he fought his way toward the unknown danger."

This is also part of the diction tool. I'm depressed to see how very little of this is taught to up and coming writers. It's as if we unconsciously leave out that which will make a dabbler into a real writer.

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Posted 12 Years Ago

we were talking about that in class today, i got the impresstion that it was how the charactors talk, and in what situations. like how you would talk in an interview vs when goofing around with friends
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Posted 13 Years Ago

The reference to Romeo and Juliet made me gag and nearly throw up. CLICHE ANYONE!??!?!
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Camille Corbett
Camille Corbett

Marietta, GA

I'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.