Day 21: The 7am Novelist: Voice
Talking Voice with Rachel Barenbaum and EB Bartels
What is voice? How do you find it for your characters, your book, your dialogue? What mistakes can you make when trying to push the voice of your book or characters too hard or making the voice “too real.”
EB Bartels is a nonfiction writer, a former Newtonville Books bookseller, and a GrubStreet instructor, with an MFA from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Toast, and The Butter, among others. She is the author of Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, a narrative nonfiction book about the world of loving and losing animals, exploring the singular nature of our bonds with our companion animals, and how best to grieve for them once they’ve passed away. E.B. lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Richie, and their many, many pets.
Rachel Barenbaum is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Atomic Anna and A Bend in the Stars. She is a prolific writer and reviewer. Her work has appeared in the LA Review of Books, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She is a scholar in residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis and is the founder/ host of the podcast Debut Spotlight. She has degrees from Harvard in Business, and Literature and Philosophy. She is an elected member of Town Meeting in Brookline, MA.
For more help on voice and POV, I recommend Adam Sexton’s Master Class in Fiction Writing. Find all my fave craft books here as well as recent books by our guests: https://bookshop.org/shop/the7amnovelist