I follow twits, and twats follow me back. Where are we going? Don’t ask me, I’m new to all this malarkey. But I stop off on the way and have seen things I wouldn’t have, if left to my own devises.
I say I’ve not done any writing. Did I mean to say ‘proper’ writing? I guess I did, though isn’t what you’re reading now proper writing? I believe Blogs can be proper writing; maybe even more proper than story telling. It’s where the writer is the story.
Though stories rely on the writer’s experience for content, and skill for delivery, it’s the Blog where one can find the writer. What makes him (Read: him/her) tick? That’s what I look for in Blogs.
I’ve started reading writers rather than stories. Sounds a bit crass? Well, maybe. Now that so much crap is on line, there’s a lot to wade through, to find the gems. The ‘voice’ must shine out to get me past the first few pages.
Voice is a technical term that developing writers often see bandied about. We all know how important it is, but what does it mean?
The way I see it, is by remembering learning to drive. A novice driver might know where he wants to go, but he’s dumb. He isn’t familiar with the technicalities of maneuvering the steering wheel and pressing the right pedals with the right amount of pressure. There’s the Highway Code to study, and mileage to build, not to mention all the other drivers on the road. How can they do it, but I can’t?
The Highway Code has the basic rules. They must be obeyed to pass the initial test. They can be, and are, bent, adapted, and ignored as one becomes a more experienced driver. That’s when you will find your voice. Drivers with voice are those you find yourself comfortable sitting beside as they take you on a ride into story land.
Have a pleasant journey.