Monday, October 22, 2007

Finding where you belong

Before we get into this weeks post I just wanted to briefly say Happy Anniversary to my hubby. He done good this year (Yes that WAS intentional) Instead of going out to dinner he brought me KFC (I didn’t want to go out) and my gift? The PERFECT copy of Mozart’s Requiem! Not just any copy but the RIGHT one! Isn’t he amazing?? Not sure how he knew the EXACT copy—but he did it, bless him! He’s earned A WHOLE LOTTA POINTS (am I the only one who heard Pete Puma in there?)

I said we’d look at beginnings this week. I goofed. I reread my previous posts and discovered I’d already covered openings. See entry for September 17th. I don’t want to repeat material just yet so I’m going to go with something else.

Finding your voice:

I’m not talking soprano, alto, tenor etc. Your writing voice is what I mean. The genre where you are best suited for. I found that the genre that suits my voice chose me. I’ve written fantasy, paranormal, comedy, inspirational, and suspense. I love them all but I’m suited for suspense. I want to attempt a horror—I’ll admit it, I’ve already written one that I’m waiting for crits by the Mavens before I decide on a publisher to submit to.

So how do you find your voice? Good question. Write how you talk. Write what you’re passionate about. What kind of movies do you enjoy? What kind of books do you read? What music do you listen to? When you’re writing, does the story seem to write itself?

I knew where I belonged by the comfort level I had in the books. The way I could let myself go and be swept up in the story. I was happiest when I was shoving people off buildings, shooting them, or sending them running, terrified in the night. My interest was held longer and my focus stronger on writing the suspense.

It honestly isn’t that hard. Just write what you know.

Have a great day!

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