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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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!