Now that you’ve defined your author voice and found the unique sound to gain loyal readers, it’s time to take risks. That’s not to say stretch your voice to the point of becoming unrecognizable; rather, it is a challenge to find ways to channel your voice in a way audiences may not expect.
These risks can be exceedingly subtle, or remarkably diverse. It will depend greatly on what you want to write. For example, did you know that Suzanne Collins, most notably known for the violent YA series The Hunger Games, has published a new book? If you were a fan of Collins, you may not find it easily, it’s because it’s a children’s picture book. Not exactly the same target as those choosing Team Peeta or Team Gale.
J.K. Rowling is a perfect example of diverting from traditional author voice, and also returning to what she’s known for in her publications. After taking a break by writing two books completely outside of the Harry Potter universe, she’s returning. Yet, not in the method you’d expect. She’s writing a series of screenplays set within the Wizarding World she established.
It will be important for there to be some consistency in author voice to allow a remembrance of the world we left behind, yet, it will be equally important to not feel like Harry Potter prequels of sorts.
So how will you take risks in your author voice? Chime in with the comments section. The conversation’s always live on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, and keep checking my official website for the latest updates. Thanks so much for taking on the Writer’s Conquest.