Yesterday, I started working on my first vignette for the week. It was the first time I have actually written one so I employed the help of a couple of friends. One who is an English teacher at a college and currently assigned the same project to her students. She pointed out that it didn’t have my usual voice. This is something that I guess I am going to have to really work on. When I write on here, I feel like I am just talking to friends, having a conversation. But when I am writing for my book and for this vignette I am more focused on being polished. In my head I have this idea of “professional” writing that keeps me from writing a certain way. Since, my degree is not in any form of writing I never took the classes on different styles. I have always just written what comes to mind. I have written what I have imagined to be the way it is done. But when I really think about ALL the books I have read in my life, they aren’t all written the same. Every writer has their own voice. I’ve got to find mine.
I am hoping these writing challenges I give myself will help me with that. I am excited to see how my vignettes will evolve from this first one that I will post tomorrow to the one I post 6 months from now. Even though I have always considered myself a writer, and I am sure I have grown as a writer over the years, I still have a lot of growing to do.
Already this blog is opening my eyes to all the things that need to be done to finish my book. When I write here it causes me to think of things I hadn’t considered before. Plus, I get the added bonus of advice from other people. I am already learning how to become a better more focused writer.
Now, I have to get back to working on my assignment for tomorrow. Hope you guys are excited! It is one of my favorite stories.
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