“Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in.” ~Louise Brown
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/louise_brown
In pursuit of one of my 2018 Goals, “to more fully discover my writing voice, my strengths, and weaknesses,” I recently began recording my poems and short stories. I am listening for themes and clues to my unique creative voice. I am listening for what I believe in, what drives me, and how it guides my life. I am listening for the messages I hope to convey.
At this moment, I wish to convey a message of heartfelt gratitude for all of the condolences, sweet words, thoughts, prayers, love, and emotional support from friends, family members, and this beautiful blogging community. It is a difficult time for me and my family. Grief is no stranger to any of us, however, I have faith in the ability of our individual spirits to heal and adjust. Things will never be the same, yet, I believe we can find joy again, as a family and as individuals, eventually.
Shortly after recording a few poems, I had the idea to share those recordings with anyone who wishes to listen.
I’ve uploaded a few to Soundcloud. It’s fun to find this new small space for expression! This is my first experience on Soundcloud, so please forgive any annoyances that come up on my learning curve.
Here’s a link to Silver Bird on Soundcloud. More to come soon!
Another way I am exploring my “writers’ voice” is by perusing blogs for interesting articles.
I began a “Writers Voice” search of the WordPress.com blogs. Here are the first five posts that emerged in the following order. I included those that talked specifically about “voice,” not just because “voice” was in the title. Each has something to contribute to finding your creative writing voice or analyzed the voice of authors the contributor had read.
Sacha Black – Find Your Philosophy and Find Your Writer’s Voice This one was spot on for what I was searching!
Here are some specific questions I am asking when exploring my creative voice:
- What are my core beliefs about life & death, personal motivators, culture & current issues, family, relationships, love, health & mental health, politics, etc?
- What drives me?
- Why do I write? I wrote a series on this one – Why I Write.
- What messages am I trying to convey? (I got off on an opinion piece about gun violence that I am saving for another post!)
- What do I want readers to “hear” in my writing?
- What do I want people to see differently?
- What do I want readers to feel?
I hope a question or two from this short list helps in your own journey exploring your own creative voice!
*featured photo taken in my mother’s sunny garden. The reflection was a fun surprise!
*Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel Good, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Quotes. Sometimes with links and most likely, with too many thoughts of my own included.
As always, thank you for visiting! Feel free to like, comment, share, follow my journey or re-blog as your heart and mind desire. Namaste