Sunday, June 12, 2011
9 Rights Of Every Writer_Chapter 9
"Voice is the human spirit. It is the essence of self. It calls us from the page and says, "Listen to me. This is who I am."
It is a common misconception that voice is an afterthought, like salad dressing on the side. When we write from deep inside ourselves, voice emerges as naturally as the expression on a surprised, enraged, dismayed, or enamored face- unless we deliberately repress it. Voice can be controlled, but when we try to conjure it up, the result becomes self-conscious and artificial....when we write what we know, and when we feel passionate about the message, the voice literally boils over.
When a writer knows her topic inside and out, and believes in the message right down to her toes, there is no stopping the voice.
This week consider the assignments that you as a writer have been required to write in a school setting (elementary, middle, high school and college) and/or the topics that you chose to write on for personal reasons (not school related). In either of these contexts (school or personal) which topics/assignments did you feel were authentically writing voice into your text and which ones felt forced/contrived? You should feel free to respond on your terms to this week's blog post on "voice".