Finding your Voice

To me, identifying your writer’s voice is a lot like finding your voice in the world. All of us growing up have been influenced by the teachings of our parents, friends and extended family. Our interpretation of these teachings and our personal experiences create our voice – the voice that comes forth when interacting in the world. The same can be said for our writer’s voice. For example, if one has been unlucky in love, it’s likely that characters developed may suffer the same fate or have an altogether different experience because the author doesn’t want character to know their pain. Either way, voice is created by real life situations. I’m sure once you think about the voice you share with the world, you will find that it directly correlates with your writer’s voice in one way or another. Remember, your writer’s voice is all your own. There is no right or wrong – it’s just you. If still unclear on your voice, go back and read some of your work. You will not only identify your voice but find a common theme. Stay tuned for my next blog entitled The Evolution of Writer’s...

Writer’s Block – Fact of Fiction

writer’s block – Is there really such a thing? We have all experienced writing effortlessly as ideas pour onto the page. Words and phrases come so quickly that we can’t type fast enough. I call this being in the zone. There is nothing stopping us from answering the call of the document. But then something happens – for some reason the fresh ideas slow down and eventually you’re staring at the computer unsure of what to say next. This is what many deem as “writer’s block.” I use to believe in “writer’s block” – that is until I began to take up writing as a profession. I started to notice the negative connotation that comes with term so I decided to break down what happens when this occurs and create a different more helpful explanation. Here’s my take on the phrase. It isn’t that the writer no longer has ideas but simply the mind needs a break. A break to process what was just written. Just like the body needs to refuel after a workout so does the mind. When you get to this place – not writer’s block but when the mind needs time to re-group, step away immediately from the computer. Allow your mind to focus on something other than writing; take a walk, make a phone call or listen to a song. You’ll find that once you’ve stepped away and returned, you will be calm, focused and ready to begin again. Replace the phrase “I have writer’s block” with “It’s time for a break.” Saying you have writer’s block reinforces the idea that you don’t have...

The Writing Process – Where to begin?

Writing is something I have enjoyed since childhood. No matter the topic, I’ve always been eager to see what spills from my mind onto the page. However, even with my love for the craft, I at times have difficulty starting the process. Through trial and error, I have come up with 5 steps that will ease you into the writing process and cause you to think clearly about the task at hand. Step 1: Create the environment. Is there a special chair you like to sit in? Do you like the smell of burning candles? Do you prefer bright or dim light? I happen to like playing music while dissecting the project then turning it off once I begin actually writing. I’ve found that when I attempt to write without creating my environment, the process is more stressful and ultimately less productive. Trust me – creating the environment puts your mind and body in a relaxed and comfortable state enabling you to move on to step 2. Step 2: What are you writing? Sit down and think about what you are writing. During this process you are re-reading the instructions, understanding the format it is to be written, its length and deciding if there are any other components you’d like to add that will enhance the piece. Do not move forward to step 3 until you fully understand what is required. If you are having trouble understanding the instructions, ask someone to read them then discuss their interpretation. Step 3: Who is your audience? Identifying your audience will enable you to decide the language to be used (formal or...