My first, introductory call with Paul (my editor) went great. Total transparency here, I have never worked with an editor that would be taking a more technical look at my writing. I have alpha readers, and I have greatly appreciated their feedback, but this feels like a whole other level for me. In amongst geeking out on various things that we are, well… geeked about, we got to talking about writing and “voice.”
Before going any further – I have to say: I’m really excited about this project! (bet you can’t tell)
One of the things we discussed was Voice and the use of colloquialisms. As an editor, this can make it hard for Paul to sort out whether I meant something to be grammatically incorrect as a colloquialism, or whether it’s just grammatically incorrect.
Stepping back for a second, its pretty cool looking at my writing through the eyes of someone else, an editor that is interested in preserving my writing style but also in cleaning up it and making it better.
We came up with a couple of basic rules (that I will also have to keep in mind as well!)
Grounders (lower social classes) generally walk on characters, will speak pretty heavily in slang and colloquialisms. Main characters, will be better spoken, but may slip into colloquialism when speaking with other grounders. Narrative voice will be the same. Highborn upper classes will be more formal. I have read stories with slangy narrative voice and it just gets annoying pretty quickly.