Thursday, October 29, 2009

Where Have All the Ideas Gone?

Before I began my blog I had several ideas for posts. Nothing major, or even that interesting, but I still had ideas. But now there's this pressure. I have started a blog and now I must feed it. And it all has to be clever, witty, informative, and so on. Right?

Bah!

I think I've done this to my other writing as well. As soon as I decide I need to start on a new idea, none of them seem good enough. I have signed up for NaNo (which starts in less than THREE DAYS) and I still don't have an idea I'm happy with. Earlier I played with the idea of NaNoing without an outline and just seeing what happens. I'm curious to see what comes of winging it for a full 30 days. But in reality, I'm the type of person that likes to plan. Now, I'm not one of those people that has to have my day planned by the hour, but in my writing I like to know where I'm going so I don't feel like I'm wasting my time rambling.

It looks like I'll be doing a lot of rambling next month. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is My Voice Really My Own Voice?

I told myself I wouldn't start blogging until I finished my first draft of my first novel. I lied. I've had this blog set up for a few days now, but have been apprehensive about the first post. I guess it's like going swimming. It's best just to jump in.

My friend Delinda has been reading my first draft as I write it. Yesterday she told me that she could "totally" hear me speaking as she read it.

Voice.

I was glad to hear that my work had a voice, but then I wondered if it should have my OWN voice? Is the voice in a manuscript the voice we use in our personal life? I didn't have an answer. Then, on Kiersten's blog the topic of branding came up. I realize that voice and brand are separate issues, but a lot of the comments talked about voice. Stephanie commented that people might think her character Anna speaks just like her.

So, is this a good thing? A bad thing? I suppose it depends on your genre and your characters. I imagine it would also make a difference if you're writing in first person or third.

I would love to hear other opinions on this.