Do you hear voices in your head? Well, if you want to write well, that might be a good thing! Today’s lesson deals with VOICE! Voice is the way your words SOUND on a page. With a piano, you plink around on the keys and you Hear what you play. My son plays the trumpet…and boy, oh boy! do I hear the trumpet’s voice (it’s kind of hard not to).
But on the written page, even if you aren’t speaking aloud, there’s a SOUND that words all strung together make. This is the writer’s VOICE, and it’s amazing! There are all sorts of voices in literature, and finding your own can be daunting. Continue reading
I have always loved writing. Even as a child, I kept journals and made a few sad attempts at stories, which were pretty awful (but to me, they were the most wonderful stories in the world). In college, an English professor further ‘opened’ my world to the power of the written word. I learned that writing had a purpose—to explore one’s own thoughts and beliefs. Writing is synonymous with discovery. You learn about yourself—the deepest subject there is—harder even than calculus! Whew!
Writing can be torturous as you start on the path to true discovery! But don’t give up! Persevere! Writing is also the vehicle which can bring you the most JOY. When you write and write and write…and then have one of those “Ah Ha!” moments where clear vision unfolds and you truly SEE who you really are, all the time and effort and head banging you went through to get there is totally worth it! Continue reading