Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thinking about voice

I've been thinking about my voice and my brand lately. I haven't got any idea about my brand. I've come up with some completely hokey stuff that doesn't work at all, but nothing good yet.

As for my voice...

I got back my Touch of Magic Contest preliminary round results the other day. TOM is our local RWA contest. We had lots of entries this year -- so many that the coordinator had to look far and wide to other chapters to get enough judges. In each category, three people final. I was one of the finalist in my category. Cool. I have until the 29th to make changes based on the judges comments -- which contradicted each other, btw.

(I'm getting to the voice stuff.)

So, I emailed a writer friend --- my local goal partner. (We're both struggling with our goals lately.) I asked her to read my sub (and the final round sub to the Daphnes) and give me her opinion.

After about an hour on the phone last night and almost line-by-line crits (thanks Lorena!), I have lots of great info.

Anyhoo....the voice stuff.

One of my judges said, "Great voice!"

Yippee. That's was my favorite comment.

The pubbed author said, "This is terrific -- on the money submission for Intrigue. I love it! I loved the premise, the setting, the pacing and the potential for conflict and tension. Great job!"

I also got lots of things to correct -- even though I scored mostly 9's and 10's. Great feedback. Lots of work to do to get it out before the 29th.

However, I'll definitely enter TOM again just for the awesome feedback -- if I'm not pubbed, which I'd love to be instead.

Okay. Enough.

Hmm. In my voice exploration, I found this. I think it fits my voice. Take the quiz and see if your results fit yours.

Your Famous Movie Kiss is from Spiderman

"I have always been standing in your doorway. Isn't it about time somebody saved your life?"

What famous movie kiss are you?