I Really Sound Like That?

There are quite a few studies out there that say that most people don’t like the sound of their own voices. Most of those studies also explain why precisely we don’t (it has something to do with the difference in how we hear ourselves when speaking and how we hear recorded sounds), but that doesn’t matter in this post. In this post I’m going to talk about finding my blogging voice.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a wordy person. Some (most) would say that I can be pedantic, even. Usually they’re right. There are a lot of random facts rolling around in my skull and I can get distracted by them, so I end up rambling. I hope to cut down on that — at least in writing.

When I first started blogging I was worried about sounding like an idiot (I don’t know why; I’m usually quite smart), and that translated into being wordy in a much less entertaining fashion than I normally am. Since then I’ve relaxed a bit and I’m becoming wordy in a way that I hope is much more entertaining. Hopefully.

Finding your voice is one of the things that’s shouted at beginning writers almost as often as “Write what you know.” It’s also one of the hardest things to find because the only way you can really find your voice is to write. Just like most other forms of art, we need to practice to get good at it.

But, really, what is “voice”?

It’s you. Voice is how you put yourself into your writing that makes it unique to you. Not on any sort of conscious level,  although it can be downplayed or emphasized on purpose. Your voice is the soul of your writing, it’s your soul put into the written word. Don’t hide who you are in your writing; that’s what readers remember.

My favorite authors (and bloggers) all have distinct, developed voices that I can identify in moments. This is what I hope to find for myself. Even if I’m never a great or even a good writer, I want a part of my soul to show in how I write. I want the people who know me best in my personal life to be able to tell that these are my words, and I don’t want people I meet online to be disappointed by me in real life.

Have you found your voice yet? How did you? Do you think I sound interesting or would you like to hit me over the head with something very heavy just to shut me up? (It’s more understandable than you may think.)

 

**I’m an idiot. Mostly I’m an idiot technologically. Sorry to everyone who read the first (non) draft. This is the one I intended to post.**

 

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The Pain of a Plan Forgotten

Well, I wasn’t that far off. This is the first time I haven’t completely abandoned my plan, but I have hope! Also, I have some progress on the job front, which usually means that I’ll have less time to write. For me, that means that it’s more likely that I’ll write on a regular and prolific basis.

We’ll go over it one section at a time, see how well I did this month and what I’ll do for June.

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The Plan

Jo (my good friend — check out her blog here) will tell you that I love plans. I love plans and lists and schedules. Carrying them out is a completely different story, but I do much better when I know what I still have to do. For one thing, I actually finish things every once in a while.

Like I mentioned in my last post, my first major rejection led me to create a set of goals and lists. To help with my accountability, I thought I’d share them all with you.

Short Stories

My ability with short fiction is really surprisingly poor. When I have an assignment or it’s fanfiction (yes, I know) I do fine. For an assignment, I know exactly what I’m trying to say and how long it needs to be, and with fanfiction I have a set of books and movies and other canon to support what is usually an unseen part of the story. But when it comes to my writing, I tend to think in long-term stories, in novels. This is an attempt to write more short fiction and work on it afterward.

  • Write 250 words/day for 5 days a week.
  • Write based off of a prompt once a week.
  • Editing a story for at least 30 minutes instead of writing.

Novels

Novels, I think, are more my speed. I have at least one major series, and several other books waiting to be written. What I need to work on here is actually writing out those ideas. For the series, I need to outline it fully as it’s a little complicated and needs to be planned before I start writing.

  • Write 250 words/day for 5 days a week.
  • Work on an outline for  30 minutes at least once a week (or instead of writing if I don’t have anything in the wings — like now).
  • Editing a story for at least 30 minutes once a week (also instead of writing).

Blogs

Writing for the blogs is a way to force myself to… well, write. This is pretty straightforward.

  • 1 post/week for this blog
  • 3 posts/week for my Harry Potter blog
  • At this point I’m planning the LBL blog, and trying to decide whether I’m going to keep it or not.

Reading

For someone who spent her childhood reading a stack of books a week, I haven’t been reading a lot lately. It’s mostly depression and exhaustion, but I need to get over it.

  • Read 30 minutes/day
  • Keep a reading journal
  • Write a review after each book (don’t know if I’ll be posting this or just keeping it for myself)

That’s everything. It might seem like a lot, but it’ll only come out to… three hours a day, maybe a bit longer. We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll reevaluate at the end of May. Hopefully, I won’t flop too badly.