Writers, raise your voice!

You can't find your voice if you don't use it.

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.

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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

Writers Horoscope for October 16: Today, endure the fickleness of your livelihood.

Livelihood? How about ‘annoying hobby’?

gratisography frustration writer post-it notes

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?

Writers Horoscope for October 10: Others seek you out.

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.

agriculture-buffalo physical labor

It’s never just ‘a little’.

You could go with yesterday’s suggestion: turn and run.

Or you could throw a fit…

gratisography look of desperation

 

Or you could show a creepingly inordinate amount of enthusiasm for the work.

gratisography crazed lumberjackjpg

That oughta cut back on the calls for help.