Writing and reading fascinate me, the way pretty much nothing else can. One reason could be because of what I do for fun – blogging and the other reason could be because of what I do for a living – editing.
In my years as a reader, writer, blogger and now editor, one thing that keeps jumping out at me from a well-written piece is the author’s voice.
We’re not talking about active or passive here, or even passive-aggressive for that matter. (That could be a follow-up post, though, so stay tuned.) This is more about how the writer conveys what she wants merely through the power of words. Let me start with my own voice.
I’ve been writing on parenting for almost 9 years now, although I’ve only been regular and active in the last three of those years. Most often, my voice on that blog is introspective, and true to its name, reads like a series of diary entries, snippets of love that I share with my daughter and of course, the readers.
Then there’s this blog where my voice varies across each genre that I tackle: there’s a personal, intense note to my poetry and the calm, clinical voice of my posts on blogging. My non-fiction essays are sometimes reflective, maybe humorous and also a tad self-deprecating at times. My flash fiction is the one that surprises me the most: from outright shock to creepy disgust, pure anger to borderline sappy I’ve tried pretty much every voice.
What I have noticed though, irrespective of the kind of posts I write, it’s the voice that touches the readers. Basically, it’s not just the content but how you say it that matters.
Is one voice better than the other? Perhaps. Again, that is a debatable point and reflects both upon the writer and the reader, to be honest. I personally think my strongest voice is the introspective one, but I’d love to hear your opinion too.
The true beauty about voice is that if it comes from somewhere deep within you, from the core that is essentially part of who you are, it almost always touches a chord.
That, my friend, is the most fascinating thing about a writer’s voice.
To end, I will now pose two questions to the readers of my blog:
- Which voice of mine do you love reading? This can be across genres.
- If you are a writer, which voice do you identify as your strongest?