For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, tessitura, when applied to a singer, means the range where the voice feels most comfortable and sounds the best. Above and below the tessitura are notes the singer can reach, but they're more of a stretch, more inclined to rumble or squeak, less suited to show the singer's voice to its best advantage. It only struck me when reading this bad prose, but it's actually an incredibly useful term to consider in the context of writing.I mention this because it seems vastly more helpful than the advice commonly offered to writing students: "Find your voice." So if you're interested in writing, give it a read.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Advice for Writers: Finding Your Tessitura
Author Kit Whitfield has a post up on the concept of tessitura as applied to writing.