I spent quite a bit of time looking up all the facets of the writing voice. Amazingly enough we all have one, even if it is hidden behind the educational realm of writing etiquette. Because of where we keep it, digging it out is a more accurate term than finding it. We dig it out, tap into it, and learn to use it to avoid flat monotone, thick flowery, or insane flamboyant writing that turns a reader off. Taking the time to free our voice makes us one of the most unique creatures in the universe.
There are tons of sites that describe the writing voice, and here’s my favorite:
“Anything you write should still have your voice: something that makes your writing sound uniquely like you.” From Wheaton College’s Website
When I read the quote above, I thought of the part of me that isn’t held back by grammar, punctuation, or any other writing rule. Its the source of my creativity and the one thing truly unique to me.
Digging it out? Maybe I meant setting it free like when we tell a story aloud. If you’re like me, your voice will change depending on the audience and their number. I use a quieter voice when too many people are around, and I’m feeling shy and a little embarrassed. Then there are the moments, and this is where my writing voice thrives, when I’m completely comfortable, and the story I’m telling builds momentum with each oh or ah, motivating me to be passionate, vivid and expressive. My story comes alive, living only momentarily unless I capture it some how.
So I write as fast as I can type. When free, this wonderful voice seeps into my characters, descriptions, and plots. Emotions, reactions, and passions flow freely. Through these elements a story is born with all the required drama and tension. As it comes to life I notice my authorial voice change. It grows, expands, reshapes itself.
Some think that standing up right, or living in communities makes us great, above all other creatures. To me It is the ability to create something wonderful out of nothingness. Using the writer’s voice is how we can make a story so real it can live in others for a lifetime. Or on rarer occasions, a story that can live for generations. To me, it is this that makes the human being truly great.