It’s been a good run. Over the course of the past month, Geoff Herbach, author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, has stopped by Figment every Friday to dish out some golden nuggets of writerly advice, a handful of goofy and challenging prompts, plus a whole lot of personalized advice and tough love. Before we bid Geoff adieu for now, he’s got one last video and writing prompt to share with us.
During his stint at Figment, Geoff’s helped us get some practice in writing detail-filled sentences, crafting complex characters, setting the scene and whipping up authentic dialogue. This week, he focuses on one of the most important aspects of any writer’s craft: his or her individual voice.
No matter how much you want to write like Hemingway or Salinger, you’re not either of them: you’re you. What is it that makes your voice special, and different from how other authors write? Watch Geoff’s video below for some advice, and then write based on the scenario below the video, all the while thinking about your individual voice.
Tag your piece HerbachWriting5 by next Friday, 4/13. Geoff will be offering feedback on several of the responses, so don’t miss out on the last chance to get some of his words of wisdom!
Feel up to a writing challenge? Try this out, in your own voice!
1. YOU HAVE A CHARACTER WHO DRIVES.
2. A BIRD HITS THE WINDSHIELD.
3. THE WINDSHIELD CRACKS.
4. YOUR CHARACTER PULLS OVER.
5. THE BIRD IS HOLDING A TINY SCROLL IN ITS LITTLE, DEAD BIRD CLAW.
6. YOUR CHARACTER READS THE SCROLL.
7. IT IS A MESSAGE ADDRESSED TO YOUR CHARACTER!
At the bottom of your piece or in the description, include a brief note describing your voice, and don’t forget to tag it with HerbachWriting5.