The Writers Circle: Unique Voices

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

I’m trying to compile a list of books and stories that have unique and particularly creative narrative voices. Many novels rely more on plot or setting to deliver their oomph, but for some, it’s the voice of the storyteller that gives the book it’s impact. Sometimes this voice is a third person narrator, but interjects their personality into the telling–Hitchiker’s Guide is a good example of this. Other times the story is told by a character, and this can bring added dimension to the relationship between the character and the reader.

A great example of the unique voice of a character/narrator is Steel Beach by John Varley. The sci-fi world is doled out with the voice of a wildly-opinionated, and snarky narrator who over the course of the book goes from male to female and back to male, and dies several times. The fact that we experience these through his/her/his own words gives these alienating events a powerful immediacy.

We’d like to hear your picks for unique voices–either from a character or narrator. Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.