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Question: Does Your Writer VOICE Define You?

Good afternoon! Does your VOICE define you? My post today is a reflection of a recent experience – I hope to start a conversation – at a minimum, I want to share my experience because I wonder how other writers respond to such disappointment. Here goes…I waited patiently – and with much anticipation – for my turn to read the newest release by my favorite author. This author’s opening was the same, I took this as the ‘green light’ to get really cozy. I cleared the space in my time and heart to get lost in this release. Oh my, was I disappointed! A few pages into this new release, I recognized such a change that it forced me back to the front cover to reassure myself that I read the author’s name correctly.  I kept repeating, “Something is very different with this book! Who is this author! This is NOT the author I know!” It was very difficult to stick with this book – I began to scan the pages – searching for the VOICE I loved and have been following for many years. I could not find the VOICE I knew so well. My patience  decreased the deeper I delved into the scanned pages – my scan became a skip of pages. “Nothing! – It is NOT here! – It’s gone! This is a new VOICE! I do not feel a connection to this new dance these words are executing on these pages!” Finally, I reached the end of this disappointing story.  I almost abandoned this novel multiple times – but I did not – It was LOYALTY only that kept me turning the pages. Notice it kept me turning – NOT reading! I was relieved to reach the end of this novel. Usually when I reach the end of one of this author’s books, I allow myself time to reflect on the story. Not this time – I felt a high degree of disappointment – Granted, I only actually digested about one-third of this novel. Never-the-less, I felt it was wasted time! Now I am pondering…”Hmm…is my favorite author loosing their VOICE – OR – Are they simply trying something NEW – Or – Maybe my preference is changing …” Here’s my point – I allowed myself to get attached to the consistent VOICE this author showed in many of their successful books. Clearly, I understand how I became attached. Their VOICE produced stories that I connected with. I  defined this author by their consistent VOICE. This experience has forced me to research VOICE in writing. I am now curious – How would you handle your favorite author changing their VOICE? Do you define yourself, as an author, by your VOICE?

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Learn The Value In Being An Authentic Writer

Good evening! Have you ever found yourself at an event, or a place that you attend on a regular basis, with a room full of people presenting themselves to be someone, or something, that you eventually learn they are not! I experienced this once with an author whom I had followed for a decade. When I finally had an opportunity to meet them, I immediately realized that I had set myself up for a large dose of disappointment because they were nothing like the person who wrote the pages that I had followed for ten years. O my! — I felt extremely confused! I kept wondering, after the exchange, “Did that author just write this stuff, without actually believing it? It’s non-fiction – it’s supposed to be factual!”  One of Webster’s definitions for authentic is “genuine” – meaning – “not counterfeit or artificial”. Hmmm…artificial is an interesting term, here’s what Webster offers for such a word, “not natural”…showing synonyms to be, “unreal” and “false”. Fellow writers, I extend this huge lesson from my experience – when you present pages to the public – be genuine! – be authentic! – always present yourself as who you are on the pages — to match who you are as a human being as you walk through your daily life. Unlike my experience, your fans will love you and support you for presenting your “authentic” self to them. Another bonus is that you will feel better at the end of every day because you are also being “true to yourself”.

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Define Your “Why” To Increase Daily Word Count

Good evening! Have you defined your “why”? Have you finished this sentence, internally, “I write because ______!” Every action we take is preceded by our thought process. Many of our actions have become routine, leaving us thinking, “I no longer have to put much thought into doing “X”.” Does this sound familiar? Has this happened with your writing process? Imagine that your words are marching around in your head stating to each other, “Hi there, I see that you were invited too. Did you get any instructions on what we are supposed to do now that we are here — because I have no clue! Hmm…I noticed that some of the other words in this room look just as confused as I am — I sure hope whoever invited us here is going to appear soon and give us some instructions!” This could actually be one of the reasons that your word count is low. Attention all writers! You have the ability to increase your daily word count…try this exercise…before you begin your writing process – internalize this statement, “I write because ______!”  Such a statement gives clear instructions to the words you invited to perform in your story. After you state your reason clearly — watch your words line up at your command — willing to land wherever you instruct them, filling your pages.  Get ready to celebrate higher word count!

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Writers: As Unique As Snowflakes

Good evening! What a day…mourning…cold…snow…ice! Just for the record…I do not like cold weather! However, I cannot deny the beauty and pleasure the snow brings…from snowflakes – to – snowmen! Snowflakes really inspire me – the beautiful shapes and how they glisten as they are falling. I understand the theory to be — “There are no two snowflakes alike!” Think about that for a moment — that makes each snowflake ‘unique‘! As writers, would you not agree, this same theory could apply to us? There are many ways that we (writers) are unique — although we all use many of the same words, that we glean from the same dictionaries, we use such words in a different pattern that defines our unique voice. Each story that we tell to the world is uniquely ours. For instance, two authors can write a book on the exact same subject – The result would be two very different, unique, stories. We would hear reviews stating, “I really like the way “X” told that story on the topic – verses the way “Y” told it. That was very unique!”

With that comparison in mind, the next time you witness snowflakes falling, stop and take a moment to identify the many shapes and to acknowledge how similar you (writer) are to their uniqueness.

Just curious….beauty and uniqueness aside — can someone please tell me how many more days we have until Spring arrives?

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