An epistemology is the theory of knowledge. So voicemology is my word for the knowledge of voice…or in other words…how do we know we have it right/write?
The philosophical definition of knowledge is the justified true belief in something. Let’s look at Belief, Truth, and Justification just like they do in real philosophical epistemologies (oh, biggie words how I love thee).
Belief: To believe in something simply means you have reasoned it to be true. If you believe it, then to you it is true. I believe that my writing voice is better than Stephenie Myers.
Truth: If you actually know something to be correct and it is supported by fact, then this is truth. If I were published and sold more copies than Twilight then the belief that my writing voice is better than Stephanie Myers would be considered truth.
Justification: This sort of wraps it all up. If you believe in something and know it to true because it is supported by fact, then you are justified.
If I believe I am better than Stephenie Myers, and I eventually prove that I am, I might be justified in hanging an enormous sign in her front yard that says “NaNa NaNa Boo Boo, I am so much better than you.”
But I would still be arrested.
Write it, prove it, and then back it up with crazy stunts and you will have mastered the art of Voicemology.
And that, my friends, is the Word.