A Writer’s Voice

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

If you Google Writing Voice you will discover pages of material.  I literally found everything from what Voice is to instructions on how to develop it.  There is information in abundance to help you discover your own unique style. Wow.

Apparently this is a very serious subject and one a writer needs to pay attention to.  Who knew? Certainly not me. When I first started to write it never occurred to me I needed to find my Voice. I had no idea what it was to begin with. I just wanted to tell a good story.  So I wrote.  And wrote some more.  Then I rewrote.  Along the way I discovered a tendency to head hop just a teensy-weensy bit – okay, I raised it to an art form, but, hey, I eventually figured it out.  Adverbs are not my friend and the word “that” can be overused.  Good to know.

Writing a sentence is fairly easy, but what gives it life beyond the words you read? What glues you to the pages anxious to see what happens next?  Words have power and the way they are put together on a page can transport us to other worlds and on wonderful adventures or make us want to hurl the book across the room.  We laugh, we cry, we smell the ocean on the breeze or hear the thunder of a waterfall and we fall in love with characters that become real to us for a short period of time. All because of words.

Okay, so we’ve established the importance of sentence structure (my English teacher would be so proud), but that alone isn’t enough to keep us interested is it? I know you’ve picked up a book and several paragraphs in you are wondering why you are wasting your time. Maybe you keep reading, hoping it will get better or toss is aside because you would rather wash dishes. Yet the book came highly recommended from a friend/co-worker/stranger on the street (you get the picture) because they loved this book and thought you would too.  What is it about the book you just didn’t like?

You know where I am going with this, right? It is Voice!  It is the cadence of the words put together, how it is punctuated, the dialogue between characters and how they are developed that either bores you to tears or keeps you awake half the night reading.  It is how the writer perceives his vision and translates it to the page that we either respond to or turn away from.  It is an emotional reaction.

If the writer is lucky his Voice will touch the right cord with a lot of readers, but I can say with great confidence that even bestselling authors have detractors. Not everyone will like what we produce and that is okay.  If everyone liked the same thing then we wouldn’t need a wide variety of reading material. Boring!

So, I’ve discovered along the way my rhythm for words and descriptions – my Voice.  I am comfortable there and fall easily into the pattern when I sit down to write.  My hope is others will like what I have done and few will be tempted to toss my book aside.

In my world, that would be pretty darned cool. 🙂

Sunny Sunday and an Award – Woot!


When I opened my email last week and saw that the wonderful Melia Alexander had nominated my brand new blog for the Sunshine Award I was gobsmacked! I sat at my computer and grinned like a loon.  Really, I did. I can’t thank her enough for her generosity in bestowing this award on my newbie blog.

What is the Sunshine Award you ask? Well, lean a little closer and I will tell you… It is a bright and sunny flower that bloggers give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  Cool, huh?

As with most things, there are some rules.  Easy-peasy ones….

  • In your blog post, thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Do the Q & A
  • Pass the award to 10-12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them, and link to their blogs.

So, without further ado, I will attempt to answer the questions.  I know you are waiting with bated breath, right? 

Favorite Color: This is a total no-brainer…green.  If you walked into my house right now you would immediately notice that color everywhere.  My daughter will tell anyone who will listen she lives in a leaf.  Works for me 🙂

Favorite Animal:  I have to go for the “aww” and say it’s my big orange tabby, Yogi.  He likes to help me type, although he can’t spell worth a damn.  He thinks my computer is just the place to take a nap or to stare at me until I give him some attention.  If he rev’s up his purr, I am a total gonner.

Favorite Number: I never really thought about it.  Do people usually have a favorite number?  Why?  Does it give you magical abilities?  If so, sign me up!  We all could use a little magic in our lives.

Favorite Non-alcoholic Drink:  Iced tea.  Okay, my British mother will be shuddering right about now and I can hear her threatening to disown me.  I appreciate a lovely cup of English tea in a proper china cup, but on a hot, sunny afternoon there is nothing better than an icy cold glass of iced tea.  Sorry, Mum.

Facebook or Twitter:  Twitter.  Not that I am any good at pithy or insightful tweets in 140 characters or less.  I have to confess, Facebook baffles me.  It could be that I never took the time to figure it out, but there you have it.

Your Passion: Is it possible to have just one?  I will spare all of your blushes (okay, my blushes) and merrily skip to the next question.  Oh, wait…you didn’t mean that passion.  My bad.

Giving or getting presents:  Both.  Giving a present satisfies a visceral need to please another person and makes me happy.  Receiving a present is a bit like drinking sparkling wine, all bubbly and exciting.  It’s a win-win. 

 Favorite Day: Hmmm.  This is a tough one.  Today ranks right up there as a favorite day, but then I have tomorrow to look forward to and it could be even better.  Let’s not even consider the possibilities for the day after that.  See my dilemma?

Favorite Flowers:  Daffodils.  I love that bright yellow and jaunty flower.  It makes me smile.  What more could you ask of a flower?

 So, there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed my answers as much as I enjoyed sharing that bit of myself. 

But, wait…the fun is not over yet.  Here is where I get to pass the award on to other wonderful writers.  I have visited their blogs and enjoyed each and every one of them.  Check them out.  I know you will be glad you did.








I realize I bent the rules a little and only mentioned seven blogs, but I am new to this and I am still discovering all the wonderful bloggers out there.  I am sure you can identify other worthy blogs that should be on this list..so show a little love and pay them a visit today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment, because we all want to hear what you have to say!

Have a fabulous sunshiny day! 🙂