Finding Your Voice II: The Blog
While I stood behind the Midwest Writers Conference (#mww11) Bookstore Table, I thumbed through many of the manuscripts from the visiting authors.
If you ever find me at a bookstore, know that I am a harsh critic when it comes to me paying $7-$35 for a book. eBooks - I'm a little more linient. What I do is, I read the first line to the first paragraph. Let me take a moment to be emphatic about making first lines count. As a matter of fact, my ego soared into the clouds when someone at the conference told me I wrote stellar first lines.
Because within in the first line of a book, you get a sense of setting, conflict, and VOICE.
After a came across a few books I thought to have a great opening, I flipped to the back of the book to see where the were from, etc. As it turns out, most of them have blogs.
In 2011, this sort of thing isn't a revelation. I met a nine-year-old who had a blog once. What was amazing about the nine-year-old, was that his voice came through. Sure the syntax was dreadful and his organizational skills left much to be desired, but his voice came through - his attitude.
Maybe this is easier for munchkins, but this guy called the BLOGbloke doesn't think so.
I don't want to steal his thunder, so perhaps you should pay him a visit. The essential claim in his blog on blogging, is that each blogger needs to establish their voice. Pick a persona you want and are comfortable with, or just be yourself.
For writer types: Your voice - Writing - Blog - Platform. Make your blog sound like your writing. Make your writing sound like you. Or perhaps, you could tie them all together in another fashion. Pay this guy a visit.
They way you portray yourself to your readers, whether blog or book, is important.
Now, I would disagree with his notion of a niche. While it is important to figure out where you fit it, an artist maintaining a blog should probably always reach out to the larger audiences, and by god, never use the word "niche."
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