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How To Find Your Inner Voice

Updated on December 23, 2012
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Inner Voice?

This is a short hub for tonight as I am tired and I have to be at work at 5AM.... ugh. Sounds terrible right? I just wanted to express a feeling I've been having since reading the book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. For a long time now, since I've begun writing. I've been trying so hard to find my inner voice, the voice that every reader hears when reading a great novel. I'm really not sure how to find it or if I have attained it already. It's so hard as the writer to understand whatever you have this gift or not. My hope is that I am making good strides to gaining that skill and having a voice that my reader hears when reading my prose. I kinda wanted to share this idea of finding once's Inner Voice and understanding the importance of having it for your reader. This last book is so well written and so gracefully crafted, that I myself have grown a bit intimated.

Have you ever felt this way? How do you overcome it?

Well my point is that I hope to one day have the skill and perseverance to create that Inner Voice for my readers. What will I try to tell them, what lessons will I convey? As a writer, I want to ask other writers, how have you crafted that voice that readers hear and know well? How have you found the Inner Voice? I'd love to hear from you guys and get an idea of how you know when you've found that quality in your writing. As I grow older and more experienced, I really want to understand this aspect of writing. I'm hoping that I'm in a place for growth.

That's it for tonight, I'm tired, and the bed is calling my name. If you have any comments, leave them!! :)

Fighting The Insecurities

As a writer it's so hard to fight those insecurities. Is my writing good enough? Will I ever be as good as Stephen King or J.K. Rowling Rowling or R.A. Salvatore? It's So hard to fight the urge to belittle your own work when you read a well crafted story. It's so hard to really understand exactly what your writing means to someone. Sure you can get friends and family to read, but what percentage of those readers can tell you what your work means and what it's worth? 10%? 15%? The hardest thing about writing is fighting insecurities and understand your Inner Voice as writer. Do I sound articulate? Do I sound cocky? Is my writing boring? Oh the thoughts keep flooding in and it's so difficult to block them out. I wish I could advise other writers how to block those thoughts out, but I too have the same issue. But, my main thing is staying positive and relaxing. Maybe my writing is better than I thought? Maybe I've been doing it right all along? It's uncertainty. And I think it's always going to be uncertain. Do great writers know how great their work is or do they all feel the same way. "It's crap. No one will like it."

Well my point is that I hope to one day have the skill and perseverance to create that Inner Voice for my readers. What will I try to tell them, what lessons will I convey? As a writer, I want to ask other writers, how have you crafted that voice that readers hear and know well? How have you found the Inner Voice? I'd love to hear from you guys and get an idea of how you know when you've found that quality in your writing. As I grow older and more experienced, I really want to understand this aspect of writing. I'm hoping that I'm in a place for growth.

That's it for tonight, I'm tired, and the bed is calling my name. If you have any comments, leave them!! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I ask myself this question, and others, at least once a day. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      first I want to say welcome to the hub.. so nice to meet you.. and You are not alone.. we all have those feelings..a good writer feels like that.. but we keep writing and keep trying.. sometimes our work will be better than other days..Keep writing my friend

      thanks for the follow

      Debbie

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      franticsharpie 5 years ago

      Isn't it funny how only writing will answer all these questions? Good, honest hub. Keep writing.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks so much frantic. You're right, the answer to writing is writing.. it's self perpetuating enlightenment lol. :)

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Thank you for sharing this hub. I have felt this way many times over the years whenever I have sat down to write, especially when working on an original story. It's easy to to turn to self doubt, overcoming it by simply writing is the best road I have discovered. Excellent writing describing these feelings. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting :)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Cashmere!! I appreciate that! :)

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      bethbrownauthor 5 years ago

      What we write is essential to our well being and to the reader's. Therfore, we need to keep a careful eye on what we put onto page. You affirm what I've always felt regarding writing.

      Insightful pub, thanks.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Beth!! And I appreciate the follow!! I can't wait to read some of your stuff too. I'm glad you're enjoying what you've read thus far :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      You are a very great writer Aubrey.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Unknown! So are you. :) We're going to be great friends on here, I can already see that...!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This was excellent Aubrey, I think you are preaching to the choir, so to speak. You are not alone, we all ask these questions! Great hub, voted up, and more!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thank you Josh. I appreciate the support!! :)

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      If you go to see any kind of profession where the whole job is based upon the creativity, these insecurities creep in.

      So the best solution is to remain positive, give your best shot, understand the readers' choices for reading and to some extent- the readers' market behavior.

      Regarding inner voice- I feel that an Inner voice is nothing but your way of thinking, which is very much firm in your mind. It is your philosophy underlining the novel or wacky ideas you want to depict through words.

      Your hubs are thought provoking! Keep it up Aubrey. :-)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Awww, thanks so much!! :)

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      A question all fiction writers ask themselves, of course. The doubts are always there, even when others deign to reassure you of your abilities. It's part of the experience and keeps you on your toes to try and do even better with your writing. Finding a voice is one thing, using it correctly is another.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Exactly Randy. I'm so glad you gave this a read. This is one of my more popular articles. I was really just writing to be writing that day. I had no idea really what I was saying. It was all coming from an emotional place. It's easy to be wary and scared at the possibility of NOT being able to give that voice to your readers...

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Ha, CrazedNovelist, some of my most popular tales are written right off the top of my head in a very short while. Funny how one's "inner voice" can override everything else at the time. Sometimes we try too hard to write what we think others want to hear when we already know exactly what to say. Or at least this is my experience.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I find it helpful wherever I live to join a local critique writing group. It's hard to find one and harder to find one with members who aren't dilettantes but rather are mutually dedicated to writing better and better. Feedback from peers on the strengths and weaknesses of one's writing is very helpful. Of course each member must give as well as receive critiques.

      As for your inner voice question, to me that sounds like a centipede asking itself which foot to move first. Write your first drafts from your heart and your gut. If you do and if you know to your own satisfaction why you choose to live and why you choose to write, how can you then not write with your own voice? And as Natalie Goldberg says in her books on writing practice, "go for the jugular" when writing feelings.

      Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @B.Leekley--I once thought we could form a group here on HP for critiques on creative efforts, but now they seem to frown on anything not somehow commercial in nature. I still get some good advice for my CW from trusted folks here though.

      And yes....go for the jugular!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks B. Leekley. I appreciate your comment and can definitely agree on a lot of things you said. :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Randy! Thanks for stopping by. And yeah, that stinks. We could always make our own group outside of HP. I'm going to be needing some feedback come a few weeks from now.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't claim to be a good judge of fiction but I know what I like, Aubrey. Still, I hardly feel qualified to judge others writing as I'm still learning myself. It's easy to give kudos to good stuff, but difficult to critique the bad. Now if I were a best selling novelist it would be a bit easier. LOL!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Awesome response Randy!! Love it. :)

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Randy, I wonder if a critique group that marks up each others' work with suggestions and comments and meets regularly to say face to face what is strong and what is wrong about a work in progress could be simulated online using Google+ Hangout? Since I am already active in two local writing groups, I don't have the time to participate in such an experiment at this time, but I'd be interested in hearing about the experiences of any hubbers who give it a try.

      On not being expert enough to judge creative writing, once a work is out in the world, ordinary people with varying levels of smarts and education choose to read it or not to, to finish it or not to, to recommend it or not to, and they rarely tell the author why they made those judgements. In a critique group, the members give each other that feedback while a work is still in progress. The author decides which suggestions and comments to ignore and which to consider. And the readers are the author's peers, so while they probably aren't professional book editors, they can talk from at least a little experience about the elements of crafting a story (or poem or essay or screenplay or whatever is the group's focus).

      Beginning writers might prefer a free-writing group or a facilitated writing exercises group or a just hangout and share and encourage and talk shop group.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      B. Leekley--I suppose a group could be formed elsewhere, but like you, my time is so taken up with other things I barely have time to write, much less form a group anywhere.

      Yes, everyone is a critique and has something to offer a fledgling writer. How to take it all in and actually use the advice may be the hardest part.

      Thanks for the response.

      Randy

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      pochinuk 3 years ago

      Rodney,

      "...It's so hard to really understand exactly what your writing means to someone..."So true.

      You know though, your voice on this hub came through really good, you were tired so you want to put me to work:

      "..This is a short hub for tonight as I am tired and I have to be at work at 5AM..."

      My Work. You Rest: A Voice Vignette Just For You:

      One thing I can say,when I write I listen to music. Different music helps me to find the voice. I have a music library: there are varying genres' that would raise my grandfather from the grave to say: "Chrissie, what?" Well, I would just lead him to my hub "Yensid", and tell him "That beat makes me talk about you Gramps!"

      Moving forward:

      I can go to this library when I am struggling with finding my voice, just like a well used hand thrown soft tanned colored earthy wide mouthed pottery mug that sits waiting for my morning brew...it's not crazy PUNK ROCK A.E. Williams. It's about being a writer and doing the right thing so that the larnyx of writing doesn't feel cold in an empty styrofoam cup!

      Now you get up now; you got a voice and YOU CAN WRITE!

      -pochinuk

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      A.E. Williams 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it!

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