Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hearing voices

We all watch the show, The Voice, right?  Okay, I watch the show The Voice. (Love it!) And it made me think about writing, of course.  In music, there are huge sound barrier breaking voices, the powerhouses, and then there are the softer, or raspier, or more unique voices, that still have the power to grab you.  As a writer, know your voice.  If you're a Corinne Baily Rae, don't try to carry off a Whitney Houston song and if you're Jason Mraz, there's just no need to do what Pavarotti does.  Because you can be so amazing at just being you.  Same thing with writing.  If you  know what you do and you're good at it, someone out there is going to love it.  We each tune in to our own radio station, because that's what we like, that's what makes us feel good.  Have you ever fought with someone over a radio station, because you were both so passionate about hearing what you wanted to hear?  Readers are the same way. So don't beat yourself up about not being John Grisham or whoever it is you're comparing yourself to.  Because there's someone out there, who'd much rather hear your voice, tell your story.

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