how an author’s voice changes the story ~ guest post by jehosheba!
Hello friends! (Also real quick, if you haven’t checked out the blog competition I’m co-hosting with Evin, you totally should! 😍💙)
I have a wonderful guest post to share with you today!
I asked Jehosheba of Rambling Reviews if she’d be interested in writing a bookish guest post to share on my blog. She said yes! 😍💜 I’m very happy to present it to you today. I know you’ll enjoy it! (she’s currently on hiatus, but do check out her archived posts because they’re amazing, and follow Rambling Reviews if you want so you’ll know when she comes back to posting! 😉💖)
Are you ready? Let’s read what Jehosheba has to say!! 💜
how an author’s voice changes the story
I’m Jehosheba and I’m super excited to be here on Maggie’s blog today! Maggie is one of my favorite bloggers and when she reached out to ask if I wanted to do a guest post on her blog, I was really excited! Thanks so much for the opportunity, Maggie! ❤
Today’s post was inspired by a quote I read from Lin-Manuel Miranda a while back. I was completely fascinated with the idea and it soon became the basis of what I’m about to write about. 😉
“History is entirely created by the person who tells the story.”
(He has more to say about that There’s more to that idea, but I lost the link to the full quote, so that’s about all I could find, lol)
That’s really good, right? Now, I’m both a bookworm and a writer, so naturally this quote resonated with me. I started to think about how the author’s “voice” can change how you hear a story. This might sound a little weird, but bear with me—because I want to take a look at this question and see what it can teach us.
How Does The Author’s Voice Change How You Hear The Story?
Hamilton is one of my favorite musicals for a number of different reasons, but one of the big things I love about it is that it shows one man’s life through a whole bunch of different people’s perspectives. We see Burr, Jefferson, Washington, Eliza, etcetera, as they all interact with Hamilton and tell “their sides of the story”. I think it’s crazy how—depending on who’s narrating—the musical can have a completely different feel.
The same goes for stories, I think. There have been so many books written in the history of the world, and they’re still being written. How is it possible to have so many people writing so many books—often on the same subjects—yet not have duplicate stories? Personally, I believe a big reason for this is the author’s voice. Think of how many books have been written on, say, WWII. Everyone has a unique way of looking at the subject: I’ll bet that if you asked two people to tell you the story, you would get the same overall storyline, but have two different feels.
So that’s one way an author’s voice can change how we hear the story. Can the author’s voice also influence our beliefs on a subject?
I’m just going to have to say yes. XD
Ninety percent of the time, the author’s beliefs can carry through their voice. Some authors (such as Charles Dickens) who wrote for social awareness would try to bring a certain subject to attention through their writings. The stories Dickens wrote—in addition to being very entertaining—argued strongly for moral or social change. While this is a more drastic example, you can often get a feel for an author’s moral or spiritual beliefs from the way they set up their story. And sometimes, hearing what someone else thinks—whether that’s through their characters, setting or plot—can change how we see a subject.
Whether it’s through the mouth of a red-headed orphan girl, or of an ex-convict, authors speak through their characters and stories. Authors have power to change the way we look at a subject, and that’s not something to take lightly. But by taking the time to dig in and find what the author is trying to tell us through their stories, we can learn a lot.
And those are my thoughts! They felt a little scattered to me, but I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Once again, thank you to Maggie for having me! I loved being able to share my thoughts here. ❤
Yaaay that was AWESOME Jehosheba! You’re very welcome, I’m so glad I got to feature some of your writing on my blog! 😍💜
Now to you guys: isn’t this a cool topic to think about? The author’s voice has such a profound effect on how we perceive the story they’re telling! And like Jehosheba said, no two books on a single topic are exactly the same. I think that’s an important fact to keep in mind!
I’m sure there are books you’ve read (or started reading and then stopped) because it wasn’t your thing. At all. But! It’s quite possible that the author’s voice wasn’t your thing. Not the genre, setting, plot, characters, etc. If the author didn’t tell the story well, or it was laid out in a way you couldn’t easily understand, then that’s what led you to disliking the story.
So if there’s a genre or setting you haven’t read much of, consider giving some other authors a chance to tell it in their own way! You might be surprised when a new literary world opens up to you. 💕😄
This is also a really cool topic when it comes to us writers! Isn’t it awesome to know that with every story you write, your author’s voice shines through? Your personality, unique qualities, and special abilities will be present in your writing. Use that knowledge to really let your author’s voice shine! 🌟
Well that’s all for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed, and let me and Jehosheba know in the comments what you think about the topic!