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Npc writers craft developing your voice

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A Nonprofit Commons and ISTE Games and Simulations Network workshop on November 15, 2019 by Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo in Second Life.

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Npc writers craft developing your voice

  1. 1. The Writer’s Craft Developing Your Voice Lyr Lobo, aka Dr. Cynthia Calongne Colorado Technical University & CCCOnline Everyone has a story to share.
  2. 2. What do we mean by voice? Group Hug, NPC 12th Birthday, September 13, 2019 We see the world through the eyes of our characters. Or we see the world through the narrator’s view of the world We might have an unreliable narrator. Can you think of an example?
  3. 3. Seeing the world from different perspectives, Hang in there Rhiannon! NPC Halloween Tour 2019 Voice The Character’s Voice Point of View Quality Tone Style Personality The Author’s Voice 1st person voice Writing is intimate and personal, a conspiratorial exchange of ideas
  4. 4. By Lyr Lobo, NPC Halloween Tour 2019 Your Character’s Voice Through words and the senses we express the character’s 1) values 2) feelings 3) beliefs 4) worldview 5) personality 6) culture 7) age 8) education
  5. 5. By Lyr Lobo, Nonprofit Commons Halloween Tour 2019 A Sensory Experience How do we write using the senses to describe the taste, smell, sound, look, and feel within a scene?
  6. 6. Lyr Lobo, Fantasy Faire 2019 Your Character’s Voice Carroll, L., & Kelly, R. (Ed.). (2000). Alice's adventures in Wonderland. Peterborough, Ontario, CA: Broadview Press. As if through a lens, readers sense the world and feel the character’s experiences. The world comes alive through the sights, sounds, taste, feel, and spoken words. The skillful use of the five senses gives the reader an intimate look at the world.
  7. 7. Voice and the Senses A fierce gust of wind hurled the books into the air, twirling them in a mad dance. Lyr ducked as two books flew past her head. Her horse snickered, but did not flinch. She turned to see them fall into line like soldiers marching into battle. They snapped to attention and formed two ranks, towering in stacks above her. A page drifted to the ground, landing at Alice’s feet. It wiggled and beckoned with whispered promises. “Come closer.” Alice took a dainty step and with a crack, an acrid smell was all that remained. “No!” said Lyr, tossing the liquid down her throat. Tis sweet and sour, she thought as the darkness claimed her. The page shimmered, slurped, and then grew still. Lyr was gone.
  8. 8. Think of the camera in a TV show Active voice draws the camera close, and we experience the action. Passive voice draws the camera back with a feeling of detachment. Lyr Lobo, The Storytellers at Seanchai Library
  9. 9. When do we use passive voice? 1) To gain emotional distance, which is important when the topic is horrific, such as war or medicine. 2) For detachment, to discuss a topic clinically. 3) In non-fiction, we use it to obscure the subject noun when we do not know who performed the action. 4) It is used to sound authoritative and formal. Who is using it in this example? Symbolic Modeling workshop by Marly Milena, NPC, November 8, 2019
  10. 10. What makes these books so memorable? 1) Moby Dick 2) The Wizard of Oz 3) Jane Eyre 4) Romeo and Juliet 5) Pride and Prejudice 6) The Miracle Worker 7) Little Women 8) The Hobbit 9) Out of Africa 10)Gone with the Wind 11)Foundation by Isaac Asimov 12)The Stand by Stephen King
  11. 11. Who said it? Where did they say it? “Call me Ishmael.” "I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me“ “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.” “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
  12. 12. Answers to Who said it? Where did they say it? “Call me Ishmael.” Ishmael, the only surviving crewmember in Moby Dick "I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me“ -- Jane Eyre “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.” -- Romeo & Juliet “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” -- Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan “Water. W, a, t, e, r. Water. It has a –name–” -- Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker by William Gibson http://www.riversidelocalschools.com/Downloads/the_miracle_worker%20pdf.pdf
  13. 13. Many Voices Standing Strong Together Nonprofit Commons 12th Birthday Group Hug 2019
  14. 14. By Lyr Lobo, NPC Halloween Tour 2019 Head Hopping Moving from one character’s perspective to another in a scene. When jump from Rhiannon to Zinnia to Dancers to Saffia without a smooth transition, it is disorienting to our readers. 1st person limits our perspective to the world around us. Can we switch to 3rd person and/or another character’s perspective? Yes, James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels.
  15. 15. Salvor Hardin quotes from Asimov’s Foundation “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right!” “It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.” “A fire-eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.” “An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.” “To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.” “Only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed.” “Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true.” Asimov, I. (1951). Foundation. https://archive.org/details/AsimovTheFoundation_201705/page/n8 and https://archive.org/stream/AsimovTheFoundation_201705/Asimov_the_foundation_djvu.txt
  16. 16. Virtual Harmony Sewers “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  17. 17. Spin, Lyr, JJ, & Delightful Halloween 2019 “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right!” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  18. 18. The Space Station at Virtual Harmony “It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  19. 19. Nonprofit Commons Oct 25, 2019 “A fire-eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  20. 20. Aviators on Huffman in Virtual Harmony “An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  21. 21. Nonprofit Commons “To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  22. 22. Planning a Sewers in OpenSim “Only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  23. 23. Interstellar Grid at Virtual Harmony “Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound true.” – Salvor Hardin quotes from Foundation by Asimov
  24. 24. Voice is how we share & experience the story Nonprofit Commons Tour of Feed-A-Smile on August 16, 2019
  25. 25. Questions? Lyr Lobo, aka Dr. Cynthia Calongne Colorado Technical University & CCCOnline

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