A few valuable posts on author’s voice…
Reclaiming My Writer’s Voice
by Kay Bolden
My favorite lines from the post:
The keyboard and the screen made it far too easy to distance myself from my words. To sink into sales mode or trope mode or campaign mode. When I write by hand, I lead with my body, not my brain.
How I Found My Writing Voice and How You Can Find Yours:
A Metaphor Involving Sandwiches
by Carly Mae
Some favorite lines from this post:
Our writing is not genuine, we don’t feel like ourselves, or it’s stilted and mechanical — feeling more like a “I have to write” versus “I want to write.”
If you feel that way, you might be lacking your voice.
The biggest reason your writing feels mechanical and stilted is because it is. It’s not you. So when you read it, it probably sounds fake.
Your audience reads it that way it too.
View at Medium.com
How to cope?
Find solace from Nancy Graham Holm that you are not alone.
How else to cope?
Sander van der Wel via Wikimedia Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/jar0d/6066734168/
Livelihood? How about ‘annoying hobby’?
Either way, it was 3:00 AM** and you tossed and turned and tossed again.
Your spouse stumbled out to the peace and quiet of the living room couch.
The border collie followed soon after.
And you were left to brood.
Shouldn’t the plural of ‘low-life’ be ‘low-lives’?
And Snow White’s annoying posse–shouldn’t they be the Seven Dwarves?
Let the brooding continue…and here you had just come to terms with your own flawfulness.
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**Why is it always 3:00 AM?
Whether it’s a new chapter written in a rush of enthusiasm, a new blog post written with one eye on the football game, or a quick bulletin board announcement…
a second look never hurts.
or should be.
Yep, nothing like a little on-site inspiration.
Your audience awaits.
Yes, the word is ‘sonder’.
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. To help you visualize, short video here.
Let it feed today’s writing.
Note: Thanks to Seth Godin for introducing the Writers Horoscope to this concept.
Columbus isn’t the only one to be honored today.
Give a nod to yourself.
But only after you try your hand at say, a how-to article on unexpected uses of hair conditioner [yes, there are], or Astrology and the Home Cook [You’re on your own with that one.] or an impromptu photo story,
Happy Thanksgiving to Canadians, by the way.
No, don’t go tossing your vat of candy corn.
You’ve engulfed your brain with too much media.
It does nothing but bring you down and, even worse, keep you from your real work.
Here is step one…
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Of course others seek you out!
After all, you put words together in clear, concise fashion.
You’re brimming with creative and unique avenues of expression.
Wellllll, there’s a problem.
You’re being sought out today for another of your attractive traits: perceived free time.
“Oh, it’s just a little yard work,” they say.
It’s never just ‘a little’.
You could go with yesterday’s suggestion: turn and run.
Or you could throw a fit…
Or you could show a creepingly inordinate amount of enthusiasm for the work.
That oughta cut back on the calls for help.
You could turn and run.
Or meet it head-on…with a new sentence, then a paragraph, a page, a chapter, a book.
Seth Godin keeps his view of perfection pretty darned simple.
Here’s another take:
One thing is certain: perfection is not a blank page.