Hey, it’s Rey again. The Boss overindulged in the sugar/carbs department these last few days. She’s groanin’ and moanin’, the poor thing.
Linda and JJ are both off enjoying holiday fun and family, so that leaves me. But seeing as I’m doing two performances daily as an elf at a kids’ theater thru Sunday, I’ll have to make this a quick post.
Given I’m a part-time actress and not a writer—though I’m getting pretty good at it, considering all the posting I’ve been doing lately—a lot of writing and blogging rules are alien to me. . . . Hmm, I think Linda would have called that a run-on sentence. Whatever.
Here’s the “topic” for today: voice. For example, an actor’s voice can make or break him or her. You have a Minnie Mouse voice and you may be limited in the roles department. The good thing is, like any skill or talent, you can work at it. For an actor, a voice coach can be a godsend.
A writer/blogger needs a voice, too. When you start out, you develop a blog concept and design that’s uniquely you. That’s very cool. Now you need to make sure that uniqueness is reflected in what you’re blogging about—and “be projected” in how you write. That’s also known as—you got it—“voice”.
If you’re super smart and posting about things a lot of us wouldn’t understand, you’d probably write like one of those academic sorts. Someone who’d be more inclined to post about shopping, fashion, and entertainment could use a more happy-go-lucky tone—one like mine.
Whatever you’re writing, that voice should totally reflect you—it has to sound like you . . . and be you. Grammar and spelling are easily fixable (there are enough sites/programs), so don’t let them intimidate you like they do me. Go with the flow and fix the little things later.
Write (speak) from your heart. Let that unique voice flow. Chances are, the longer you post, the more your voice will develop because you’ll become increasingly more comfortable and less self-conscious—like me. You’ll become/feel more natural with how you express ideas and opinions.
If it helps, do what I do when I’m playing a role: I deliver to one person, the guy or gal who’s on the receiving end of a comment or reaction. I don’t think about the audience, director or producer, or anyone else. I focus on my delivery, my intent . . . and express it with purpose. I take pride, kinda like an opera singer belting out an aria.
The kids are waiting. I better run because I still need to pick up my elf costume (I kinda spilled hot cocoa on it).
I hope my last post of this year on A Writer’s Grab-Bag proves of some value . . . and I sure hope I’ll have a chance to write a few more in 2018 (I’m really getting to like this).