On Writing: Authenticity & Voice

Hello everyone! I’m doing my second “On Writing” post where I post a quote on reading/writing and discuss how the quote can make you (and me!) a better writer.

Today’s quote is from the reclusive genius, J. D. Salinger. Say what you will about The Catcher in the Rye, I like it. And this quote perfectly summarizes why.

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When I finished it, I did feel like I could just call up the author (though, knowing Salinger’s reputation, he would’ve freaked out, understandably). I liked it because the main character, Holden Caulfield, while a tad over emotional, felt real. Salinger has a STRONG voice which made it seem authentic. I think it’s one of the reasons his writing career was so successful. This quote puts “voice” and “authenticity” on an understandable level. Instead of saying, “have a strong voice and be authentic,” say, “write like a real person, like someone your reader wants to call up on the phone.”

What do you think of this quote? Are there other quotes that get this point across?

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