Writer’s Workshop: Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice (Workshop Outline)

The secret to writing is not just in the words you put on a page but also in the white spaces between and surrounding those words, and in the unspoken, powerful ideas that lie behind those words, and in the voice that gives them life.

Before you set pen to paper, ask yourself . . .

  • Why do you write?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Who is your writer?
  • Can you listen?
  • Can you be patient?
  • Can you be tireless?

Exercise: In a paragraph of five sentences or less, state why you write, who is your audience, and who is doing the writing.

Discovering your inner writer . . .

  • Learn to listen!
  • Who is your inner writer?
  • What is his/her name?
  • Describe his/her personality in detail
  • Describe his/her perspective in detail
  • Learn to communicate with him/her
  • Continue to make him/her real

Exercise: In 500 words or less, describe your inner writer in as much detail as possible. Make the character compelling and with as much dimension as possible. Let your inner writer describe himself or herself to you.

Working in partnership with your inner writer . . .

  • Learn to listen!
  • Ignore the urge to control your writing
  • Allow your inner writer to speak freely
  • Acknowledge that he/she is the writer inside, your true and individualistic creative voice
  • Write with abandon and without filtering
  • Worry about construction later

Exercise: In 500 words or less, let your inner writer communicate. Allow your character to speak freely and take control of the flow of writing. Do not be concerned about construction or mistakes. Do not filter what your inner writer wishes to say. Sit back and enjoy!

Learning to write spontaneously . . .

  • Learn to listen!
  • The Sleeping Writer
  • The Daydreamer
  • Timing is everything
  • Location, location, location

Exercise: In 500 words or less, describe the methods you will use to communicate with your inner writer. Include times, places, and circumstances when you will be free to work with your inner writer to create your next work. Listen, listen, listen!

Developing other inner writers . . .

  • Share your ideas for developing other inner writers for future writing projects.

 

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