Here's what's with that. When I planned the alphabet series, I immediately knew C was characters and V was voice. But what I didn't realize at that moment was how characters and voice are like pancakes and syrup. They just go together. So no matter how many letters separate C and V in the real alphabet, in my middle grade alphabet, V follows C. It just does.
If you write middle grade, you must nail your voice. Middle grade voice is, perhaps, the most difficult voice to nail. We've all heard that, right? And.....IT'S DAUNTING! It just is.
But what I'm discovering is that voice can be built. The manuscript I'm revising didn't have a strong voice at first (or even at second or third). It had plot and characters, but it's taken time to build its voice. And it's not nailed yet, but the more I revise, the stronger its voice grows.
Look for a moment at this photo I took of Tinker toys making the Letter V. I created a simple one, to remind myself--and you!--that voice can be built. Through layers of revision, our story's voice can get stronger.
So, what tips do you have for building a story's voice?