Finding this post was very timely. Last weekend, I went for a run down Whale Beach wearing a zebra onesie and felt so incredibly liberated. That I’d found a part of myself that I’d kept hidden, locked in a dark cupboard and suddenly those doors had flung open and there I was. This is about finding our inner voice as a writer and letting it etch its way into the page. xx Ro
The writing process, like most artistic mediums, is part conceptual and part cathartic. But it’s also largely technical, and writers spend a lot of time talking about outlines, first, second, and third drafts, editing, character development, solid plots, complicated villains, and flawed heroes. But those aren’t writing skills. Those are storytelling skills. And this is a problem.
Now I know we need drafts, complex characters, and a good plot. But having those things does not make someone a good writer. I guess it’s sort of like saying, you need brushes, a canvas, and beautiful paints, but having those things won’t make you a great artist.
I have a theory I’d like to explore. And that is that a truly great writer is a result of an awesome voice. Our voice is the style, tenor, and soul of our prose, and establishing it and refining it early gives our work identity. On…
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