Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing in Your Own Voice

It takes courage to let that elusive, indefinable quality shine through...you know the one--Your Voice. This stamp of individuality is not just something writers want, but singers...architects...chefs.
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Simultaneously, we attempt to remain boxed in by rules of technique, but scream out with a thread of something different.

It is said that unborn babies recognize their mother's voice, but when most people hear their first words recorded--they don't believe it. If you were never convinced that recorded voice was yours...would you have a difficult time leaving a message on a voicemail?

Similarly, how can an artist shine when they do not recognize their voice from their critique partner's? Or from the last thing they read?

Susan Bell suggests in The Artful Edit: "Relinquish your dogmatic agenda, be it highfalutin or low riding. Listen to what moves you, and if it isn't what you expect, rejoice in the suspense."

What else has worked for you to let your voice speaker louder than the words?


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