Finding My Voice

Another day, another blog post. ¬†ūüėČ

I hope you don’t mind that I’m indulging myself, at least briefly, in an experiment here. ¬†I’m learning a lot as I work on this writer’s challenge I’m doing. ¬†(See yesterday’s post if you have no idea what I’m talking about.) ¬†I’m actually hoping to do a guest post for another blogger soon, and perhaps even host someone else on this blog to liven things up a bit.

One term that I’ve seen and heard used off and on since I did the School of Writing last year is the term “writer’s voice.” ¬†What is this? ¬†Basically, it is an individual writer’s style and way of writing. ¬†I think everyone has at least some gut-level sense of this starting out, but it doesn’t really mature until you start doing the work for yourself and writing regularly. ¬†Some writers have a more distinctive “voice” than others, because they have been doing it longer, or because they’ve thought about it more.

I’m still figuring this out for myself, and I’m really not sure what my “voice” sounds like yet, in writing terms. ¬†I’m just getting out here and thinking with my fingers, then putting it up for people to see. ¬†Writing like crazy when I get the time, taking a break, coming back and polishing. ¬†This is the process for me at the moment.

The Writer’s Challenge

It’s time for the apparently more or less annual reboot of my blog. ¬†A rather quaint and quiet corner of the internet most of the time.

Let me start by saying I’ve been journaling for years. ¬†I quite literally have a suitcase full of old journals, and I have no idea where I’m going to put them, since I sure as heck am not throwing away the memories inscribed in this random collection of assorted notebooks. ¬†Twelve years and counting.

But it was really only in the last year or two that I have started being challenged by others that writing is more than just something I do in my free time, just for the heck of it. ¬†Some dear friends who I trust and respect actually took the time to point out that writing is something that I’m actually good at, that it is one of my giftings.