Voice Week 2013 Dates!

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Voice Week 2013 will take place November 4 – 8

Yes, friends, the third annual Voice Week is almost here!

What is voice?

Think of voice as the personality behind your writing. It’s not so much what you say, but how you say it. The words you choose and the way you structure your sentences tells us something about you (or the narrator). Middle-aged truckers talk differently from middle school girls.

What is Voice Week?

Voice Week is a chance to stretch our literary vocal chords and experiment with different voices. Specifically, five different voices. We each write five versions of a flash fiction piece (each piece about 100 words). Your pieces can be from five different characters telling the same story, or five different personalities of the same character, or five totally unrelated characters who don’t know each other but are writing about the same thing. Whatever. The point is to play with your literary voice.

How does it work?

Voice Week headquarters is over yonder. Post a comment on this blog or anywhere on the Voice Week site to officially join in the event. I’ll add your name to the blogroll and you’ll be entered in the running for the prize (to be announced – but it’ll be a book). Come November 4 – 8, start posting one piece a day on your blog, I’ll reblog them all on the Voice Week site, and we’ll all have a field day (field week?) reading each other’s voices, and offering comments and suggestions.

You fiend! Why’d you schedule it during NaNoWriMo?!?

Because that’s when my vacation fell (I discovered two years ago it is very hard to run Voice Week while working full time). If you want to participate in Voice Week and NaNoWriMo, you have two options:

  1. Write all your Voice Week pieces ahead of time and just post them Nov 4-8 (that’s what I do, anyway). No taking time away from your NaNo writing.
  2. Use the Voice Week pieces in your NaNoWriMo novel. This means you’ll have to wait till November 1 to start writing them, but it also means writing your NaNo novel in five different voices – which might just make it easier to reach 50,000 words.

Wait, what?

All the info is right here. Or ask questions in the comments. You can also shoot me a comment to sign un (please do!).

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About Stephanie Orges

Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter, aspiring novelist, and barely passable ukulele player. Here, she offers writing prompts, tips, and moderate-to-deep philosophical discussions. You can also find her on and Pinterest.

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  1. Ooo I’ve been looking forward to this this year (yes, I’ve been absent for some time, but hopefully I’m back for good). I was going to ask if I could post pieces ahead of time and schedule them as I’ll not be available to write that week -not because of NaNo, it’s my nephews birthday that week, so I’m focusing my attention on him. 🙂

    Anyways, I’ve digressed far too much already, I’m in. 😉

  2. You fiend! Not just NaNoWriMo but Sebastian’s birthday week as well. I won last year though, so I’m crazy … count me in!

  3. Sign me up! I loved this challenge last year.

    I’ll see if I can convince others to join in too

  4. I’ll give it a try. I’m always looking for ways to generate new content, and this should be a whole lot easier than NaNoWriMo.

  5. Brand spanking new to this but it just sounds FUN!! I want to try! Looking forward to it!

  6. Hi Stephanie,

    As a longtime closet InMoneer (used by my writing partner and I to keep fresh), I think it’s finally time to make myself known. Any chance you’d have some room for another Voice Week participant?

    May you remain existential,

  7. I’ve been umming and uhhing about whether or not I could really find the time to participate this year…

    …But then I decided I simply can’t miss out on the fun. 😀

    Count me in, please Steph!

  8. Is it still open?I’d like to join too – though will have to work hard to find the voices other than I write in… should be lot of learning and fun.

  9. I’d like to participate. I posted my comment on the VW official site, but all the comments appeared to be from two years ago. So I hope I don’t miss out.

    • Gotcha – yeah, all the comments from the first Voice Week are still up there – maybe I should delete them. But no wories: you’re on the list. Thrilled to have you!

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