Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lost Voice

This Post By Kerrie

I admit it--I am a total Gleek. I am obsessed with Glee. If you have been in a cave for the last couple of months and don't know, Glee is a new Fox network show featuring the fictional high school glee club, New Directions, under the leadership of Will Shuster. Cleverly written, with amazing music and a brilliant cast, this one hour of television is one you don't want to miss.

The show this week focused on voice. Not in terms of physical voice, but the one that identifies who we are as people. The Glee Clubber's assignment was to sing a song for the group that represented their voice.

It was clear from the start that the students had lost their way. Kurt, the openly gay, very feminine member showed up to class dressed in a baseball hat and flannel and sang John Mellencamp. Puck, the school bully and star football player, sang a Sammy Davis tune. Although the songs and styles they chose were good, they did not accurately represent these young men.

As writers, the same thing can happen to us--we can sometimes lose our writing voice. Maybe we get caught up in trying to please someone else, maybe we lose our confidence or maybe we start focusing too much on the end product. The result is writing that is flat and lifeless.

I have blogged about voice before (Your Writing Voice & American Idol) and why it is so important to take the  time to develop it. It becomes our calling card, our brand, it is what identifies us as individual writers. The genre or format, shouldn't matter, our voice should always permeate our writing, making it clear that we are the one's that wrote it.

Nurture your creativity...
Let your true voice shine through.

Have you ever lost your writing voice? What did you do to get it back?

5 comments:

Linda L. Henk said...

I must have lost my voice because there certainly have been times when my writing says nothing. To recover, I need to push deeper and explore the vertical plot line from my head to my heart. It's amazing how voice changes on the way.

Kay said...

Haven't lost my voice because I don't think I ever found it.

Amy Tate said...

I'll admit...I'm out of the loop. I've seen that show advertised but I haven't watched it yet. That's a great analogy!

Kerrie said...

Linda, I love how you describe getting your voice back.

Kay, you'll know when you find it.

Amy, You'll have to give the show a try sometime. I was a total band geek in High School, so I can relate to it.
I'm glad you liked the analogy.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Sometimes a new or insecure writer will lose her voice when she joins a critique group -- "writing to/for the group" can kill voice in a hurry. It goes right back to trying to please someone else instead of being who we are.

I love Glee and thought that episode was especially good (and poignant).

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