Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Writing Voice

Just so that last image isn't the first thing people see on the blog... (seriously though... what the hell was that movie?)

So I got a good pile of books for Christmas, some by a number of people that have made a lot of media appearances.

While reading these books, it was very easy to imagine the authors themselves speaking the words that I'm reading. Inflection, emphasis, everything, it was very easy.

A question to those that have both heard me speak and have read my less technical work (think the Ref book in the box)... do you find it easy to imagine me saying the words that you're reading? Or do I have to rewrite the whole damn thing? :P

... also got a new sound card AND new speakers for the computer. Can you say BASS? Why are sound systems all so concerned with bass? New stereo for the car, new normal stereo, new computer speakers, it's always the same thing... I have to kill the bass or else all the music and all the other stuff I listen to on the radio is all messed up. Coast to Coast AM sounds ridiculous when Ian Punnett sounds like Barry White...


  1. Yes, you write in your expository voice, which is very similar to your sittin'-around-shootin'-the-breeze voice. Thumbs up there.

    However, I also have to admit that I add a lot of bass to your voice when I imagine it in my head, so it's always a surprise to actually hear you speak.

  2. That last bit is why I hate listening to my own voice. Maybe I need to route it through my own speakers.

  3. I haven't heard you speak except in a podcast interview, but I find your writerly voice quite compelling. I haven't read LotFPWFRPG yet (waiting for Grindhouse!) but your descriptive passages and Author's Introductions for your modules are just terrific. No need to change!

  4. I haven't heard you speak, but have read a couple of your manuscripts. I'll offer a couple constructive thoughts. You write the way you speak. Generally that's a no-no as the conventions of the spoken word are different than the conventions of the written word. Writing the way we speak leads to all sorts of habits that elongate sentences and confuse readers.

    I offer this as a constructive suggestion. I enjoy your work and think we are a very creative person.