aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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aprilhenry

When you sit down to write, what voices do you hear in your head?

When you sit down to write, what voices do you hear in your head? I’m not talking characters, I’m talking the voices that pop up and distract you.

Like this example from Shalom Auslander writing in Tablet Magazine:
The Marijuana Voice: Doing this would be so much easier if you were stoned.
The New York Times Book Review Voice: I don’t know what this is, but I know what it isn’t; it isn’t the voice of the author’s generation, it isn’t an important new work, it isn’t a bold new voice, it isn’t the future of American fiction, and it doesn’t limn anything; I’ve read it twice now, and it doesn’t limn a fucking thing.

The Voice of American Express: This better sell well, you’re carrying a tremendous amount of debt.

My Publisher’s Voice: This was done once, and it didn’t sell very well.

Read more of his voices here.



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