Finding Your Characters’ Voices: Junot Diaz Opines

In The New York Times review of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Michiko Kakutani describes the narrative voice as “a sort of streetwise brand of Spanglish that even the most monolingual reader can easily inhale: lots of flash words and razzle-dazzle talk, lots of body language on the sentences, lots of David Foster Wallace-esque footnotes and asides.” Now Diaz has written “Advice for Young Writers on Creating a Strong Voice.”


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