The Voice Behind the Blog

day threeSo, because I’m a little late, I’ll be combining two days of the Blogging Challenge into one.

Day three of the challenge is about the voice of the writer.  What do I know about my voice, or better yet, have I even found it ?   When I first began to write seriously over eight years ago, I had family members tell me that I have a simple way of presenting things that could be more geared towards kids.  At first, I didn’t really like this because I was attempting at the time to write a horror story for an adult audience.  I suppose using a teenage girl as the main character of the story may have a big hand in their assessment.  After contemplating on their feedback, I decided to write for young adult.  Over time though I found this to be too restrictive (I kept feeling drawn to wanting to write from an adult/female perspective rather than a teenaged one).  This feeling still has not gone away; in fact, it’s getting stronger, constantly nagging at me .

As an apprentice of the writing craft, I’m still exploring various niches as I work to hone my voice.  I don’t use big words or write complex sentences.  I prefer the simplicity side of writing.  In many of my stories I tend to rely heavily on action and dialogues to tell the story rather than descriptions.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad.  I just know what my strengths are, and being descriptive is not one of them. And I guess because of that, certain people thought that only kids would be more interested in reading my stories rather than adults.   Well, I’m going to be testing that theory with a romance story and we’ll see.

Stay tuned.

 

day fourNext, the story behind this blog.

As mentioned in the previous post, the main objective for this blog was to connect with other like-minded writers.  Being somewhat of a recluse (and not really by choice), I don’t get out much to mingle with people.  I have this need to connect with others; and this need I notice is growing stronger the older I get.  Writing can be lonely, and though at times I need to be alone, I don’t want to be alone all the time.

By now you’re probably asking why am I a recluse.  Well, perhaps it’s more like I’m a part-time recluse.

I’ve been a loner and an outsider for a good chunk of my life due to my disabilities (first with the hearing loss, and then the vision).  When I was a kid (growing up in the ’70s), people would look at me like I’m from another country because I talked a bit funny.  So, instead of hanging out with them, I just delved into my imaginary worlds and hung out with imaginary friends.   This was how I discovered writing.  By putting  these other worlds and the friends I made in them down on paper, I didn’t feel quite so alone anymore.  It was a kind of connection that I needed.

This stuck with me as I grew up; even when I went through a long period of time when I didn’t write anymore, it was always there.  I went to college, got married, and less than two years later found myself as a widow at twenty-five years old.   During this particular dark period of my life, writing found me once more.  It helped ease that painful void.  I felt connected again.   Life continued and I remarried, and eventually became a mom.

In the past several years, I’ve struggled with my progressive vision loss.  It’s one thing to have a hearing disability, but to have both vision and hearing losses can be a bit daunting at best.  I allowed all my hopes and dreams die because I didn’t believe that I could accomplish anything.  I retreated from everything and everyone.  When I rediscovered writing, I used it to work through these difficult challenges.  I’m better now but I still have a long way to go yet.   I still struggle between giving up or trying harder.   And with the vision loss also come certain loss of independence like not being able to drive; hence the reason why I don’t get out much.  So, at times I get a bit lonely, longing for that connection with other non-imaginary people.  From that longing, I decided to start this blog.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The Voice Behind the Blog

  1. Excellent articles about writing. I am also strong with dialogue and action, but am working on the descriptions. There is, I find, a slender, precarious line between too little description and not enough. If I don’t write enough description, I can always add more in a rewrite. Sometimes, it’s more important to get the story down, listen to the dialogue, and then go back and add my descriptions.

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  2. Hey! Carrie Ann! (Can you hear me singing?) Your name just reminded me of that tune. On a more serious note, thank you for sharing about yourself. It’s ironic to be reading about your hearing and vision challenges when just tonight on the way home from dinner I was randomly thinking about how challenging it would be for me to write if I didn’t have my sight and my hearing. I admire your openness. Writing is such a meaningful way to connect with others, in my opinion. I have an active social life online in a number of communities. I’m an extrovert, but I can spend days on end at home just reading, writing and scanning Facebook. It can be the best of both worlds sometimes; solitude and social engagement at the same time. Keep writing. Consider me a new friend. 🙂

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  3. Hi Carrie! First of all, I want to say that I really enjoy your writing voice. I like the clear, easily intelligible writing. I heard a quote once (I don’t remember who it was) that simple writing takes more skill because it’s taking the complexities of life and breaking them down to be understandable.

    And secondly, I just want to say how inspirational I find your story about getting into writing. I am glad you were able to start a blog and find meaningful relationships through your hard times. Glad I could find through the Jeff Goins challenge. Take care!

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