My oldest daughter wants to be a writer. No, allow me to correct that, she IS a writer. What I mean to say, is that she wants to become a professional and eventually make a living in this field.
Wanting to be supportive and further her education in this field as much as possible, we have supplied her with many books and resources to help her along. She soaks it all up like the sponge she is and increases her scope as she progresses. I am very proud of her accomplishments.
One area which seems to be a struggle for me is the constant reference to ‘your voice’ when writing. What does this mean?
My husband is an artist. He has a library filled with numerous books on the subject, in all its various forms; history, anatomy, study, color, style, and more. If you were to ask who he paints like (style wise), he would say, “All of them!” He enjoys so many different styles, he chooses not to be bound by one definitive mode.
So… when it comes to writing, how important is your ‘voice’? Are you free to choose amongst a variety of styles, like my guy does with art, or is there a need to be particular?
I will not argue that some people don’t have a ‘voice’. I’ve read several authors which are very recognizable and set a particular tone in their writing. What confuses me is whether or not one must have a ‘voice’ to be a good writer. Are there no authors who simply write and have no cares for a consistency of ‘sound’?
This prompts me to question my own meager writings. Do I have a ‘voice’? I’ve never thought about it! I write as I would think and feel. I am particular about how I say things, but usually this is out of concern of offending, not because I am trying to be consistent with a form or style.
To better help us understand the purpose and means of acquiring said ‘voice’, I did a little online research as well. I found a great article HERE which helped explain this topic a little more.
I think “T” and I have a better understanding of what it means now. While we both still have a ways to go before becoming proficient in this skill (I’m not even sure that is one of my personal goals), we are enjoying the journey and having fun along the way.
Do you have a particular ‘voice’ when writing? What helped you establish your writing?