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May 30, 2007, 10:28 AM

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Re: [MissEsquire] Iowa MFA

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I had a creative writing professor who told my class that young (or beginning) writers often lean toward wanting to write in as many different first-person voices as possible. She implied that this was amateurish.

Christ. Another thing to worry about. We should start a separate post and make a list.

So far, I've avoided TV plots and dialogue, and I don't write college romances involving horses or that ultimate marital dilemma: rich, good looking Chad, with his perfect wavy hair and somewhat empty personality, or artistic Chet, who you know'd be just perfect if he weren't (gasp!) slightly poor.

And so now there's this? Fie! Fie!

Let's think: what are the other first person choices? The same voice, over and over? That would mean you're writing about the same type of character over and over, or using a toned-down, journalistic voice. Neither seem very appealing.

Trying to think of examples now.... Sam Lipsyte's Venus Drive. Good book, uniform voice...but the characters all seemed like the same guy. George Saunders--superior books, uniform voice...and it works. Most of the time. David Foster Wallace's stories...multiple styles, hugely different voices, and it works. But he's got the whole parallel 'I'm trying to re-invent the story' thing going on. So who knows. Thom Jones? Conversational throughout, but different voices, for sure.

What's wrong with that? Oh God, what's wrong with that!?!?

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(This post was edited by Junior Maas on May 30, 2007, 10:32 AM)

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