School, Writing

Voices from the middle

I’ve been getting some really great feedback on the voice in my new novel; The Freegans.   The voice in this case, is that of a 16 year old boy, so I take it as a really high compliment when someone says that my thirty-four year old female self has really captured that voice.

A lot of writing is about listening and observing and some of my greatest listening and observing comes at work.

Me: So we’re almost done reading this novel and since it’s the end of the year we probably won’t start another one.

Student: So what are going to do?

Me: I thought we might to a short unit on reading poetry.

Student: Who invented poetry anyway?

Other student: (heavy eye roll)  Somebody with absolutely nothing to do and no life whatsoever.


4 thoughts on “Voices from the middle”

  1. without a doubt my fav posts are when you capture your students’ voices… the question i always have is – do you laugh when they say these sorts of things?

  2. If I don’t laugh outright, I definitely snort or chortle. Unless they’re completely unaware that they’re being ridiculous, in which case I smile knowingly and mysteriously.

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