My Writing Voice Is My Best Self
Welcome back, folks! Today's the last day to join Blogher's November Nablopomo party--if you're even the tiniest bit interested, complete this form and get to writin'! You don't have to use the prompts in order to participate, but I find them to be incredibly helpful, thought-provoking questions.
Prompt: Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog? What techniques have you tried to develop your voice in your writing? What are some characteristics of your personality in your writing?
I've been blogging, off and on, for almost a decade, and I'd have to say that only recently have I found my voice. Like many others, I discovered blogging through close friends, and thus, I attempted to mimic their style. Of course, that didn't work, and I became frustrated pretty quickly. I repeated this pattern more often than I'd like to admit, and had I stuck with it, I might have learned valuable lessons sooner rather than later. Hindsight is 20/20, though, so I'm focusing on being grateful for those mistakes (despite their sting!) and putting that wisdom to good use as I move forward.
The only techniques I've employed in order to hone my voice would be repetition. By that I mean repeating the act of sitting down and writing as often as possible. Whether it's here on the blog or jotting down jumbled thoughts by hand in my journal, I try to write every day. That is the goal, anyway. I've been through periods when I couldn't write or type, which was such a horrible feeling. Usually, a lack of writing corresponds to some sort of emotional upheaval, in which case, most of my energy goes toward addressing the cause of my distress. Accepting that this process will "take as long as it takes" is humbling, but necessary. Fighting it only delays the inevitable. Thankfully, a breakthrough always comes on the heels of a crisis, infusing my work with a fresh perspective and a burst of much-needed positive energy. That last point is precisely why I keep coming back to this space, day after day, even when progress is painfully slow. This blog is a labor of love in the truest sense.
My personality is naturally quite open—too open, honestly. I guess that's one of the reasons I read and write in the first place, to share my world with others and learn from them in return. Missteps and maturity have made me a bit more reserved over the years, especially in this day and age, when folks are sharing increasingly personal (and cringeworthy!) details about themselves. If it were just me, I might be more forthcoming about a wider variety of subjects, but I have a family, and they are entitled to their privacy. Also, I'm pretty outgoing and bubbly, thus I regularly abuse exclamation points, parentheses, italics, em dashes, and the Caps Lock button!! I almost wish I was sorry, but I can't even feign shame. See, I tend to talk with my hands and laugh loudly with my entire body, but since you, dear reader, can't see me, PUNCTUATION AND GIANT LETTERS ARE HOW I CONVEY MY EXUBERANCE!!! Finally, I'm more comfortable with the written word than the spoken one, so that ease and confidence comes through in my writing; it's one of the few areas of my life where I feel truly competent. I'm the best version of myself when I'm at my desk, tapping on a keyboard. I'm working on spreading that feeling to other areas of my life.