A-Z Blog Challenge: V
Darlene Mueller Morse
“American Idol” and, voila! I had my inspiration. “You have found your voice,” intoned JoLo. Yes! I thought. Voice. How important that is for a writer.
In my (great amount of) spare time away from writing, one of my jobs is as a composition aide, or grader, as we like to call ourselves. I grade essays for high school students. Most of the time, I use a rubric given to me by the instructor and most of the time it includes the trait “Voice.” Of all the writing traits, this one seems the hardest one for students. What is “voice?” How do you get it?
Voice is similar to the definition of art: “I can’t describe it but I know it when I see it.” Voice is hard to describe but when you read an essay or a column or piece of prose which has it, you know it. And you also know very well when a written piece has no “voice.” It is flat with no personality.
A definition of voice is writing that keeps the reader interested enough to continue to the end. I think it is more than that. Voice is putting yourself into what you write. It is adding all your personal idiosyncrasies into your words. It is making it, as JoLo would say, your own. No one else can write like you. It’s finding that voice which is the hardest part.
Voice is that magical place a writer gets to where suddenly, all the words simply flow and it feels right. Have you found your voice?
Darlene Mueller Morse is an Editorial Consultant specializing in editing, proofreading and transcribing