Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Basically, your voice means your style, the manner in which you're writing and you feel most comfortable writing. No one will be really able to define what a writer's voice is, but everybody knows it when they see it.
Finding your writing voice can be a difficult and complex process. Believe it or not, even the famous writers took years to find their voice. Writing courses and workshops can help writers find their voice. However, there things you can do starting right now to find your writing voice.
Here are some tips on how you can add your own voice to your written work:
1. Be original. Many new writers follow in the footsteps of the established writers they admire. This may often result in plain lack of creativity for the writer. So try to break any patterns you have by writing something original and new every time you start to create.
2. Write from the heart. If you don't feel what you write, if you are not in touch with yourself, probably your readers won't be either. You'll find your voice in the most intense moments -- when you feel like grabbing a pencil and writing away.
3. Simple is better. Many writers strive to express themselves in complicated ways. But keep it simple and write as you speak. Record yourself speaking and then compare it to your pieces.
4. Learn to edit. It is easy to be carried away once you start writing. Sometimes, you may need to cut some of the pieces you have written just to add more value to the essence. Your voice will come through if you continually distill your writing.
5. Don't listen too much to your inner critic. Your inner self could give you constructive criticisms, but it could also prevent you from finding your voice. Listen to your inner critic, but don't allow it to interfere while you're still in the writing process.
6. Be open. Learn to open yourself every time you write. Reveal your innermost desires, hopes, fears and dreams. If you feel embarrassed, perhaps it's your voice showing up.
Now that you have some ideas about how to find your voice, discovery will be a lot easier. What are you waiting for? Start writing and finding your voice!
Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
About Shery: Shery is the creator of WriteSparks!™- a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks!™ Lite for free at http://writesparks.com
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
- Think like a kid.
- Use your imagination.
- Try to remember what you enjoyed reading about as a child.
- Ask children you know for their input or to rate your idea. You might be surprised with how they respond.
- Simplify what you are writing depending on the age group you are targeting.
- The most important thing is just to have fun with writing and to enjoy the process. It is likely that children will enjoy it if you had fun with it and were creative.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
What do Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Margaret Wise Brown and Beatrix Potter all have in common? Other than being beloved authors and household names, none had children of their own. And yet that didn't stop them from creating books that children have cherished for generations.
There's a difference between having a child, and having a childlike sensibility. Simply being a parent doesn't mean you can effectively tell a story from a child's point of view. Sure, having kids can help, and if you're paying attention you'll gain valuable insight into their world. But I've read lots of manuscripts by parents and grandparents who feel it's their job to teach a lesson to the world's young ones (and their own offspring in particular, who simply won't listen when it's time to turn off the TV and do their homework). Not to mention that they have to work all five of their children's names into the book, as well as the family dog.
Read more at http://www.write4kids.com/blog/2011/03/07/do-you-need-kids-to-write-for-kids/
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
What to do?
Here are 3 tips to use for idea generation or to recapture your train of thought when the writing process for you comes to a grinding halt.
Review What You Wrote
This often can help to get your thinking back on track. When you lose your focus the best thing to do is 'retract' your previous steps to pick back up on your trail of thought. By reviewing your most recently documented content you can determine what your point is and the direction you were taking it. This can be a very effective way of snapping out of the writers block that has stalled your efforts.
Leave Your Work Station
Changing environments often accomplishes two things. It reduces the pressure and frustration that was building upon you to produce while sitting at your work station. It also presents new scenery which is helpful for idea generation. Sometimes it can take the most insignificant 'nudge' such as seeing a bird in flight or hearing a comment in passing to help you regain your momentum.
Also helpful when you are 'stuck' for the right words are to verbalize what it is you want to say. Your thought flow more clearly when you verbalize them because you are NOT trying to ALSO focus on documenting them at the same time.
Start a New Task
Starting on something new allows you to continue to make progress by actually accomplishing something else. This also will once again alleviate the stress and mounting frustration building in you from the writers block. Once the pressure has been relieved your thoughts will tend to flow more freely allowing you to recapture your lost momentum. At the very least you are making progress on another task so your time is not being wasted.
There is never a good time for writer's block to strike but it is inevitable that it will affect you at some point especially if you write a lot. Nothing can be more frustrating than having the writing process disrupted by an inexplicable loss of ideas. Whether you are trying to generate new writing ideas or simply recapture a previous pattern of thought writers' block can be difficult to overcome. The 3 tips suggestions above are effective for either idea generation or to simply regain previous patterns of thought. By taking a break or moving on to another task you immediately remove the building frustrations you are experiencing. By doing so this results in less pressure on you which than allows your creative thoughts to flow freely once again. At this point you can now 'pick up' where you have left off and finish that brilliant composition you were working on!
|About The Author |
TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.
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Monday, March 21, 2011
Co-Authors Tom Listul and Heather Listul Hewitt to be Featured Guests on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children
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