How do you find your Writer’s Voice?


Read through this exercise completely, then do the tasks (three in total; takes 25 to 30 minutes).

Write about something you really care about.

You need to forget your audience for this exercise.

Just write. Especially, “free write”. That is, write about anything for a set time period, usually around ten minutes without editing or correcting or stopping for anything! This writing or “free writing” must be written in your own voice. That is, write as you would speak to another person. If you are seeking your unique voice you need to do this exercise and forget who you are writing for, and most importantly don’t listen to your internal editor – for this task your internal editor is out of work!

After the ten minute drill try to imagine one of your characters. View them in your mind. Look over their features; hair, eyes, skin color, any specific marks or noticeable blemishes. Once you have your character fully visualized in your minds eye, let them open their mouths.

What do they have to say?

How do they say it?

What accent?

Are they intelligent or stupid?

Are they well spoken or use broken English?

Imagine all these things before you attempt to write one word. After you have spent around five minutes doing this, let the character speak again and when you are confident you can hear what he (or she) has to say, clearly write down the words as he (or she) speaks.

From this exercise you should start to notice your unique voice. Your voice should sound somewhat like you speak in every day life.

Then there is your characters voice. He or she should be totally unique to your own writer’s voice. If not, you need to repeat the exercise above until you can release yourself enough to unrestrainedly write (speak) without fear.

Finding your writer’s voice is about breaking new ground.

Not being afraid.

Challenging your beliefs about a lot of things you thought were set in concrete. Some areas to challenge you are: religion, politics, morals, sex, ethics or education. Pick any of these areas and make your character argue the opposite point of view to your own point of view.

In this part of the exercise allow the character to win the argument against what you believe. This is when you really start to break through the fear barrier and learn about who you are and what you really want to say in your writing. Allow between five to ten minutes for this in “free write” style yet again.

After you have done this exercise you will definitely need to take a rest. If the exercise works correctly you will find yourself quite exhausted – exhilarated, but totally exhausted!

Leave the “free write” aside for a day, then come back to it and read it afresh.

Good luck with this exercise and if you have any epiphanies, please come back and post. I’d love to hear about your successes or failures; it matters not – so long as you write – you are showing me you care.

Finding Your Voice: How to Put Personality in Your WritingKeep up the good writing!

Boxed In - Could It Be A Writers Worst Fear?

I recently moved my writing desk and associated computer, screen, notepads, pens, camera, etc to the lounge room so I could be a part of the family.

Somehow this was not such a good idea. Well, not one of my better ones anyway.

I realised this morning that the new position makes me fell boxed in because the furniture is surrounding me and the television is definately a distraction even though missing television programs was part of my reasoning for moving to the lounge. Oh, and being part of the family of course ;)

But, with the reflections during the day from the window with the sun shining on my back. I can't help but feel boxed in.

Have you thought about where you write?

Do you allow yourself enough space to be creative?

Do you have a favorite spot that you like to write from?

Remember, as a writer you need to be able to concentrate and focus. Being distracted by television and family, although nice, can be very off-putting.

Have a think about your writing space.

Is it the best it could be?

How Is the The Writer-Mushroom Going To Promote To Its Reading Audience?

This is a sad but true reality for writers.

There will come a day when you'll have to promote your work and that means being in front of people, whether you like it or not!

One day, you may finish that novel you've been working on... [or not]. And one day, you're going to have to face the world, overcome your fears and phobias; speak in public, talk to your readers, ride the subway, board a plane or travel abroad to promote your novel.

Any writer that wants to be successfully published needs to be aware that when the whole, so-called amazing writing process (the damned novel) that plagued you over the past five years is over, you will actually have to go and meet real people; living, breathing, not always nice and, sometimes nice, people.

Some will criticize and pick fault, some will appreciate what you do and others will completely ignore you. Either way you'll have to be prepared for how all this makes you feel.

Start planning for your success, today. Picture what it will be like and decide if this writing caper is really what you want to do.

Is there another way?

Can marketing your novel yourself be avoided or should it be embraced?

How does all this make you feel?

Put some thought into this and let us know what you come up with. There's sure to be a lot of writers out there who dread this day and avoid it at all costs.

Life - like a good story - is a path to growth and change.

Successfully Marketing Your Novel In The 21st CenturyTake some time to think about it.

What If I Never Finish My Novel?

Finishing a novel is no easy feat.

It may sound like writers decide to write a novel, sit down for a few nights over coffee and cumpet or port and cheese but really writing is a hard slog and anyone who takes writing seriously will know there is more to writing than having this "aha" moment of brilliance - an amazing idea that you just have to sit down and write over 30,000 words. It doesn't come that easy to most of us, believe me. 

No, for most writers the idea is actually the easy part. The hard part is the hours upon hours of writing then editing and editing and editing until the novel looks and reads how the writer imagined it [or not]. :)

Some of us will set out to achieve this feat, but many of us will not finish. And that's okay. Not everyone has to be a published author and not everyone has to feel badly about it either.

If, after some time in front of the computer you discover it's all a bit much - don't feel bad. Many very successful people quit many times before they find that one thing that's going to make a real difference in their lives.

So, if you feel like a failure because you started a novel and then didn't finish it. Don't feel too bad. BUT, don't give up on yourself either. There is something that you are made to do, you just haven't found your passion yet, that's all.  ;)

If it's just a bit of boredom, laziness, writer's block or whatever other excuses, then, that's okay. Put it aside and come back to it when you feel more in the frame of mind to tackle it.

Sometimes we need to push ourselves a bit harder and have the faith to believe we can accomplish what we set out to do. But, please do not beat yourself about the head because you don't seem to be able to do this thing as quickly or as professionally as someone else. It matters not in the big scheme of things.

Someone once said,

"It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all"

I think it was my mother who said that but she mis-quoted from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, In Memoriam, from the 1800s. My mother was often quoting this "person" or "that saying" and often mis-quoting. It was a thing she did - like burning the peas and the toast. 

I loved my mother for that and always will...

See ;)  it doesn't matter if you fail, someone will still love you.

Sometimes it's hard work being a writer...


No doubt, if you write regularly, then you know what is meant by the words from the song, Stand By Your Man, by Tammy Wynette.

The song starts with the line, "Sometimes it's hard to be a woman" then some stupid thing about giving all your love to just one man ;) and worse yet, that you'll have bad times and he'll have all the fun!! What the?

Anyway, before I get lost in some pointless rant - my point was...

Um, what was my point?

Oh yeah, that sometimes, like the song, writing is all hard work and no fun for you. Hopefully it's fun for the reader, but it's a bit rewardless don't ya think?

Hmmm, that song just has a way of sticking in my brain.

Perhaps another day!

What troubles you when you try to write?

What Is Meant By The Quote "The Whole Purpose Of Education Is To Turn Mirrors Into Windows" by Sydney J. Harris?

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows".
This is a fascinating quote by Sydney J. Harris.

To add a bit more light on what he actually meant by this you need to read a bit before the actual famous quote. This goes:

Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

It seems that Mr. Harris would like people to keep learning and growing in a way that doesn't blindly accept everything as fact. What the teachers of the day may propose to students as being correct should be ferociously questioned and instead of being sheep be prepared to offer an alternatives or another solution in a way that is positive and provides a glimpse of a better future or purpose for humanity.

What do you think?