Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Mental Snack (24)

"Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Do you think you've found your voice or are you still searching? Are you the type of person to stick up for what you believe in and fight resistance? Or are you the type of person to go with the flow and follow others?

P.S. I've been experiencing some technical difficulties with the comments on this blog, mostly in recent posts. Just to let you know: I answered all of your comments like I always do, but for some odd reason it is not showing up. 

For instance, on "The Bluebird's Tragedy: A Poem", it says that there are "13 comments," but only 7 comments show up when I click the button. 


Are any of you experiencing some technical difficulties with the comments, as well? 


Anonymous said...

I've had the same problem with comments too. There's a gremlin in the blog machine somewhere ...

As for voice - with regards to narrative voice, or style of prose, I'm still searching for that. I haven't settled on the way I like to tell stories. At the moment I tend to write like the last author I've read. I'm guessing it develops with time, after lots of experimentation and experience.

Jemi Fraser said...

Blogger likes to watch us pull out our hair and throw hissy fits. Yesterday was a nightmarish battle between me and Blogger - others as well. Today seems better, but it may be just a lull before the next battle. :)

Voice is so important. I think my voice is pretty consistent, but I'm not sure it's snarky or edgy enough for today's market. I've yet to test it in the query pool.

Falen said...

it's a known blogger issue. I googled it and found a list to add my blog to. It seemed to fix it right up

Carolyn V. said...

I think I've found my voice. I've been told it's one of my strongest writing tools. I just have to work on scene now.

The Words Crafter said...

Yeeessss!!!!! Aggravating! As for my voice, there are certain things that my voice is quiet about-things that I am willing to either let go or compromise on (picking battles) and other times-well, just try to quiet me! Especially when it comes to people who can't speak up for themselves. Oh, I have something for you on my blog when you get a chance to stop by...

Anonymous said...

I think we all experienced that comment malfunction, but I think it's gotten better now.

I'm definitely more of a rebel, and it shows in my writing. It took me a good couple years to find my voice.

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Anonymous said...

Great post and the quote is something I relate to as a writer. I try not to figure out what ppl want to hear from me. If anything. Quite frankly it is rather futile and tiring. Too many POVs. I do not succumb to one voice per se. I have many voices, multiple personalities as a writer. In my younger years I have always followed the crowd but was never happy being one of many. Now I try to live by the maxim from my favorite song Unwritten..."I break tradition, sometimes my tries are outside the lines..."

As far as Blogger, I have the same problem and my Blogroll is not updating recent posts.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Sometimes I'll get an email that I received a comment but it won't show up until another one comes through. It's weird. Good luck. Oh - and I love the Barbara Kingsolver quote! BTW, Poisenwood Bible is one of my favorite books, which considering it isn't paranormal or YA, is really saying something!

WritingNut said...

Oh yes - I've been having that SAME blogger issue too!

I think I have found my voice - I'm just working on fine tuning it now :)

Vatche said...

Hey, Rachel! I'm glad that I'm not the only one suffering with these darn Houdini comments.

I agree with you on the idea that voice takes a lot of practice and experimentation to find. I thought I found my voice, but then I realized that it has grown old and out-of-date. I need to spice up my writing with a new style, so I'm on the search again!

I hope you find the perfect voice, Rachel, until then write on with the voice you have now!

Vatche said...

Jemi, I agree with you that sometimes Blogger wants us to pull out our hairs...because Blogger is EVIL!

I agree with you that voice is important. Very important! I've read your writings and they are awesome. Dip your writing fingers into the query pool and test out those waters.

Write on and win that fight with Blogger!

Vatche said...

Falen, how's it going? A list...maybe it's a trap? A blacklist of sorts!

Just kidding.

If you can, share the list with the rest of us suffering from the Blogger's wrath.

Thanks and write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, The Words Crafter! Yes, it is aggravating! Damn you, Blogger!

As for your voice and trying to fight and compromise with it, I can totally understand. Sometimes voice just spews out on the page and it's awesome. Other times, it's just...well, spew.

Voice is a hard thing to find and when a writer does find it, he/she has a hard time with it. Right now, I'm looking for a new voice, a new style of writing.

My adventure still continues.

Write on and thank you for the award! :D

Vatche said...

Hello, Carolyn!

It's awesome to hear that you found your voice and that it's your strongest weapon--I mean, tool. I've read some of your works and I can vouch for that. Your voice in your writing is captivating!

Write on and work on those scenes!

Vatche said...

Amanda, your comment appears before me and has not disappeared like Houdini on stage! Glad to see your comment, as always. :D

Yes, I agree that the Blogger fiasco has most definitely gotten better and not worse. (Thank, God, I couldn't handle it any longer!)

That's cool that you can show your rebel-ness in your writing. Your voice is very unique and awesome; I always enjoy reading your pieces, like that one on Japanese drinks! It's cool that you found your voice. As for myself, I'm on a search for a new voice, a new style.

Write on and lead those rebellions!

Vatche said...

Anonymous, thank you for your kind words, but please don't put up any advertisements with your comments. You can post links to your blog, but nothing else.

Thank you and write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, Owning the Words!

It's cool that you can relate to the quote. I can most definitely relate to it as well. I am a man of many voices and many personalties. Sometimes too many.

I used to be a follower of the crowd myself, but now I don't care what other people think really. Sure, I take their words of advice and analyze their thoughts and opinions, but I'm the one who gets the final word on things!

I am my own human being.

Write on and keep breaking tradition!

Vatche said...

Alo, Lisa! I hope Blogger fixed your problem like it has fixed mine. Good luck to you, too!

I'm glad you enjoyed the quote. I have Poisonwood Bible on my TBR list; I should pick it up sometime. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. :D

Write on and read on!

Vatche said...

Hello, Writing Nut!

It looks like you and I aren't alone with this problem. Everyone on Blogger seems to be suffering, but mine was fixed earlier today. I hope your blog was fixed, as well!

As for fine-tuning your voice, that's a cool way of putting it. I've tried fine-tuning my old voice, but I think I should try to find a new one.

My adventure still continues.

Write on and keep tuning!

Vampires and Tofu said...

That's a great quote and something I try to keep in mind when posting my reviews. I'm never gonna be the type to just say what everyone else is saying for the purpose of promotion. I think there's a lot of buttkissing in the book blogging world and I just don't wanna be one of those.

Halfway through that ghost story I posted should be up in a couple of days =)

Vatche said...

Hey, Angelique!

I'm glad you liked the quote and I love your no-kiss-ass policy for book reviews. I agree with you that there are a lot of buttkissers in the book blogging world and you are most definitely not one of them! And, I like that! :D

I can't wait to read your next review, so write on!

Anonymous said...

You flatter me way too much, Vatche, but thank you.

Vatche said...

I only speak the truth, Amanda. When I have something to say, I say it. I speak my mind. I will try to tone it down though.

Your welcome and write on!

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