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Writing Journal: Smurf This!

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I’m close to wrapping up my second draft, and the end of A View to Die For is coming into focus. My subconscious must have been busy while I slept. I woke up with questions in need of answering. “Why did so-and-so do X instead of Y?” “Why didn’t so-and-so do Z?” With so many moving parts, it’s important that every character action is natural, arising from who they are and what they want. No plot puppets allowed!

Gotta stomp those puppets.

Continuity and consistency are my worry at this point. A story is a mosaic, but I can only hold so many tiles in my mind at once. Did I drop a tile? Did I use the wrong shade back in chapter four? Am I missing something obvious? No doubt my editor and beta readers will catch some leftover goofs, but I want the story to be as good as I can make it before I send it off.

Learning My Voice

Yesterday was my first voiceover class, and I can already tell it’s going to be great. Our instructor is fun and super-knowledgable. I learned that we all have a “base voice” as our starting point. That’s what we sound like when we’re not trying to change our voice.

My “base voice” skews young! The instructor said she pegged my base voice as age 8-20. Ye gads! I sound like a teenager. Ugh, people. I sound innocent. My classmates said I sounded earnest and cheery. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

(okay, I’m laughing)

Imagine hearing a gritty crime scene being narrated. BY A SMURF.



P said, Maybe you can narrate some children’s books to raise money to pay for narration of your own books?

Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to narrate anything yet. But I’m curious to see how I can change this voice of mine. Is there a CRIME SMURF inside me?

(cocks gun) Hands against the wall, mothersmurfer…

So… yeah! I’ll have to see how that goes. In the meantime, work awaits.

Into the book I go!