Because I decided to write a blog, I had to find out how to do it perfectly. I think, I do want people to read what I am writing so, I have to make it good. And in order to write a ‘good’ blog that people will want to read, research was required, or so I thought. Commence research. I read a lot on the topic of style and voice, content and scheduling. Here are some great sites with loads of information:
- Zen Habits: Finding Your Voice
- Jeff Goins: 10 Steps to Finding Your Voice
- Glennon Melton’s Ted Talk or anything she blogs about
- Huge list of books, I should one day read from Brainpickings.org (great, great blog/project)
Or you could save yourself some time and know this, all you really need is a story and the urge to tell it. And I have decided this isn’t something that requires finding at all. Just speaking–hmmm, first listening, really listening, then speaking your truth, in as few words as possible. At some point, I got tired of trying to figure out how to do it perfectly, settled for just doing it and hit the publish button. Gulp. I nearly threw up and had to walk away from the computer, but also compulsively check for comments. Such sweet torture. It takes bravery, that’s pretty much it. Oh, and also practice, bravery at first and then practice. To be good at something, one must do it over and over and over again- 10,000 hrs right? So, bravery, no, first a story, then bravery, then practice and some consistency and discipline. It’s all starting to sound hard again, when what I meant to say was, ‘Nike tagline the shit out of it.’ Just do it, simple.
And this is true not just for writing, but for anything you create. Sometimes you have to say, ‘screw it, I can’t wait for it to be perfect. It is good enough’ and send it out into the world. So, here are my imperfect ramblings. And some thoughts from Neil Gaiman, who Really is a writer, people pay him to write. So, yeah, he knows what he is talking about. I love Neil Gaiman. Now, go create something.
9 thoughts on “On Finding Your Voice”
Lisa–love this post on finding your voice. It is just terrific, and comes on a day when I really need it. At all levels: I have a British head-cold so nobody would recognize my voice anyway, and I am trying to remember what I want to say on a number of fronts. So I guess this is “just get going” or as someone said, “start anywhere…..” Beautiful work. Thanks.
Thank you!! I think the last 3 posts have all been dancing around this subject. I have been writing on writing, because I am trying to write. ha. Now to put your journaling suggestion to honest work- for me.
I need to apply this train of thought to badpony….. Just do it!! Thank you Lisa, Lisa!!
Good stuff. I’ve been obsessed with Neil Gaiman lately. He and Amanda live around the corner when they are in Cambridge, MA. I recently checked him into class at the yoga studio where I volunteer and practice 🙂 He was super nice. As you’d imagine.
Your life is charmed. I can not believe this. Will you ask him if he will come to our local bookstore and do a reading? I promise not to act weird or stalky in any way. 😉
Thanks for reading!!
I’ll send him over. And thanks for writing!
Amen woman! Your voice and your story is all we have to truly share anyway!!! Thanks for the inspiration!