I read an essay this morning. The essay is “Voice Lessons” by Olivia Markham, and it can be found in the Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2016, (38).
It’s a great essay and covers a whole lot of territory. Having perused the essay, I turned to my WordPress page and started lurking about reading blogs and comments. I enjoy the comments quite a lot…sometimes more than the blog…but that’s another story!
Given that I had just finished an essay on “voice,” I became aware of the amazing difference in “voice” between one’s blog and one’s comment or one’s response to a comment.
The blog, as mine does now, reflects a certain distance–a formality, a broad notion of audience–whereas when I comment to a distinctive audience, my voice becomes much more personal, one that reflects support and is often (let’s all hope) agreeable. Now with some bloggers, I have noticed just the opposite. Their blog is quite personal and exudes a sense of closeness while their comments tend to be more distant, more formal. It’s interesting, to say the least.
I sat back with my Starbucks coffee and mulled over the interrelatedness of elements of the craft of writing, i.e., voice, style, audience, POV, theme. In the successful narrative all of the above mesh together in a singular effort to create a desired effect. In short when it comes to a completed work, the sum is indeed greater than the parts.
So what’s my point? My point is: read all of the advice out there. It’s good and incredibly helpful. But at some point, you must set it all aside and simply get to work. Work! Which is what I’m about to do once I post this blog!
Happy New Year Dear Bloggers!