On Writing, prt. 4: Finding Your Voice
After my “crash” experience yesterday I realized my problem was really about finding my voice. I determined to just focus on writing my sucky first draft and leave it at that. This allowed me to squeeze out of self-consciousness and settle into “my voice.” I assume most people reading these posts are writers on some level, but a “voice” is a writer’s way of writing. Everyone speaks with a certain voice that is unique to them. But writers have to craft their writing voices, and this can be difficult. I do know blogging regularly over the past few years has helped me begin to settle into a voice. Not a moment I have spent on blogging has been wasted. If you want to be a writer, start writing. Start a blog, and then post regularly. Don’t let anything get in the way. Not even working on your first book. 😉
Lesson: Adjust expectations. While I don’t want an agent or editor to see crap on the page, the first thing is there must be something on the page. Get something on the page, even if it’s crap. Chances are, when you settle into just getting something on the page, you will free yourself from your perfectionism and be much happier with what you are writing. As you learn to do this, you will find your voice. I only wrote six pages of my second chapter yesterday. It took me all day. But what I wrote was good, and I knew it. I found my voice. I especially know this because my wife cried when she read it. She cried because she recognized what had been missing in my previous work: ME.
Questions: Do you have a dream? Are you pursuing it? If not, why? If you are, are you keeping your expectations reasonable? What struggles are you having and how are you moving through them?