How did you find your particular voice for writing? Was it something that gradually popped into your head? Or, was it influenced by what you read/watched/listened to?
For me, I would like to think it was a mixture of both.
Many many many decades ago, back when I was 1} the age of my son and 2} still had a head full of hair, my particular voice was semi-clean humor. I always had fun doing imitations and parodies of commercials and songs, and although I never wrote anything down (I kick myself with high heels over the years because of that faux pas), I was still a interesting person to be around.
So as the decades flew by, my particular voice gradually changed. No long was semi-clean humor the norm. Instead, the norm became a mixture of sarcasm and what I like to call "sick puppy dog" humor. I won't really elaborate on what "sick puppy dog" humor was other than to point out that a good chunk of late 90's/early 2000's comedy on pay cable was pretty much like that.
Eventually, that fell by the wayside and for the next decade or so, the voice fell silent. I'm not really sure why it did, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say that real world responsibilities took precedence over enlightening the world with my special humor.
Let's try this again.
By late 2005, certain events conspired to create the perfect storm, which brought my voice back with a vengeance. From 2006 thru 2009, I ran roughshod over everyone and everything as I explored different styles, different emotions and different genres in an attempt to find that one voice for my writing. In one notable stretch, I concentrated heavily on writing sexually provocative stories. Some were average, like this one on my adult blog. Others, like my short story trilogy, although not squeaky clean, were moderately and tastefully suggestive. And one can't forget my commercial debut that found the happy medium within the proper context. In another short stretch, I added a healthy dose of violence to the volatile mix of sexual heat.
Still, there was something that wasn't quite kosher with that particular voice. So off I went in search of yet another voice that I could call my own. One that had that proper balance of semi-explicit sex combined with a sensible does of violence. It took me a few years, but I believe I found that particular voice that makes my writing sing.
The best way I can describe my voice is to show you an example of it. A few years ago I was trying to nail a synopsis for a novella original titled "A Shadow Warrior's Redemption", so I posted a 1st draft on my adult blog for people to peruse and critique at their leisure. This, my friends, is the proper beginning of my writing voice: a healthy mixture of sex, violence, religion and fantasy, aka non-traditional paranormal (if there is such a thing).
The inspiration for this post came from one of the last hits that The Moody Blues had in the 80's. Think of it as a little nudge towards some deep thought on how you became you as a writer.
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