Do I Have Voice?

Recently, a member of a writers group I attend asked the question:  “Have any of you ever had trouble trying to find your voice?” Several answers came back with the idea that it was some  kind of mystical element of writing, unknown to newer writers, and sworn to secrecy by published writers. It seems that only editors and agents really know. And they ain’t telling.

A writer often faces this esoteric word. We’re told we have to find our voice as if we could load up a backpack and head off into the wilderness. We read writing magazines and books searching for the answer within those pages. We attend conferences and writers’ meeting hoping someone will explain voice.


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The American Southwest Desert

Say the word desert and images of sands dunes radiating heat, or cactus and other prickly plants hiding rattlesnakes and roadrunners, or camels and Bedouin camps come to mind. The one word that best fits is “dry.”

The American Southwest Desert contains four distinct deserts:

  1. The Chihuahua Desert
  2. The Great Basin Desert
  3. The Mojave Desert
  4. The Sonoran Desert

The Chihuahua Desert covers parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. With cool winters and scorching summers, the area receives less than 10” of rain a year. Mexican Dray Wolves still inhabit the region.


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The Extroverted Writer Book Cover The Extroverted Writer
Amanda Luedeke
Writer's Aids
Amazon Digital Services, Inc
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BT5SW78/

Take control of your writing career and develop an online following that sells books and propels you forward!

Whether you’re a published author or new to the industry, THE EXTROVERTED WRITER gives you the tools you need to gain a readership through:
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Blogging
• Websites
• And MORE!

Literary agent Amanda Luedeke uses her background in corporate marketing to show readers that even if you’re an introvert you can have a great online author following by tapping into the reader-packed world of social media. From ideas to tips to absolute musts, THE EXTROVERTED WRITER builds on Amanda’s successful “Thursdays with Amanda” blog posts on ChipMacGregor.com. This easy-to-read guide breaks down the most popular social media sites and online options to give YOU the tools you need to be effective when engaging with your readers.

Whether you’re new to social media or a longtime pro…whether you have dozens of books under your belt or are still waiting for your first deal, this book is for you.

As a writer, you’ve spent countless hours—adding up into weeks, months and perhaps years—writing your book. You’ve attended conferences and met with several agents and publishers. Then it happens…a publishing house says yes. Take time to celebrate. Call your mom.

Then it dawns on you. What’s next? The next phase in your writing career is called marketing.

Don’t turn pale. Don’t pass out. There are a number of resources to help. One great resource is a little book called The Extroverted Writer by agent Amanda Luedeke. One of the benefits to this book is the quick read…it’s only 90 pages long. Yet Amanda manages to pack a lot of information into those 90 pages.

In the introductory chapters, she explains how to find who your audience is, that is, who would be more likely to read your book. The next step is to determine your goals for your social media experience. The goals you set will help you stay on topic within your social media experience.

In the rest of the chapters, Amanda lays out the various social media tools available and how a writer can best use these to promote of your career.

Her book is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BT5SW78/


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Emerging writers are advised to have a presence on the internet. Not bad advice. One of the ways they can help their brand, is to have a creative blog. Building a blog can be a slow process, yet it also provides a writer with a chance to send their muse into another direction for a short period. A chance to write on something else might just help spur on that current project.

Okay, great. What’s in a great blog? Here are a five points to consider when writing a blog:

  1. Have a lead-in, a main body that expands on the lead-in and a conclusion.
  2. To paraphrase a well know acronym: keep it short and simple (KISS), but at the level for the target readers. Most high school students probably won’t read a scientific blog. Whereas a biologist probably won’t read a blog about the cutest boy in a band.
  3. Provide bullet points or numbered lists where appropriate.
  4. Provide helpful content.
  5. Finish with a question that can lead to discussion.

When blogging, or commenting on a blog, be generous, be open, and be courteous. Don’t be glib, offensive or cutting.

In my search for interesting sites on blogs, I discovered www.problogger.com. Looking through the site and reading some of the topics, I found there’s a lot there to digest.

What do you blog about? Or what kind of blogs do you enjoy reading?

 


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