I've been reading a lot of blog posts about voice. Supposedly it's the part of writing that sets writers apart from authors and I can totally see that. Books with a good voice can really make the story so much better. I find that a lot of times, the voice of the character echoes the voices of the author. Now this is where I come into a problem.
I've been told before, that I don't have a personality. This is obviously not true; everyone has to have a personality but I used to be extremely shy that it seemed like I didn't. I've made a lot of progress with this (I am still shy but no longer quiet which sometimes confuses people because they don't understand the difference) but when I was a freshman in college I still didn't really talk much. At the end of the year, the ultimate frisbee team gives people "paper plate awards". They're usually funny awards that tease people about things they did, whatever. I was so shy that I got nominated for the "no personality" award. I didn't win. I was so shy, that I wasn't even unique enough to win a no personality the award. It was like an anti-personality.
As I've said above, I've pretty much outgrown that but I still tend towards a serious personality. How is this going to come through in my voice for writing? Am I going to have to find a voice that doesn't come naturally to me?
Yes, there are all kinds of voices and it depends on the story you're writing. Sometimes a serious voice is needed. Sometimes a humorous voice makes it a better story. Either way, I'm going to have to find something that is right for my story. I think it's going to be a mix between serious and throwing in a few jokes every now and then to lighten the mood (because I mean, saving the world is serious business).
I've been told finding your voice is the hardest part of writing so I'll continue to work on that until I can find something that is me.