Beige Writing? Horrors! Let’s hear how we can avoid it with author Laura O’Connell!
Is your writing dull, colourless and boring? Are you wondering why editors aren’t picking you up for publication? It could be that your work lacks personality…your personality.
Do you want to be the next Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele, or do you want to be you? I know I can’t be either of these authors. I’ve had different life experiences, so there is no way I can be like them. I have to be Laura O’Connell who writes about the world from my viewpoint.
We’ve all had unique experiences that make each of us different, so why do we try to emulate someone else? Of course, we want to be successful just like them, but we can’t be. Your writing flavour is different, and that’s a good thing. We’re often told to read the successful authors to see how they write, but it doesn’t mean we copy them.
The number one ingredient, I believe, in being a successful author is originality and bringing observations of life to the page in the words I know and use. This is called voice and is very easily achieved if you remain true to yourself.
Your audience will be different to the already successful authors. Your reader is someone who resonates with your work. Les Edgerton says in his book, ‘Finding your Voice’—“your reader is yourself”. You write because you want to put your observations and thoughts out for your readers so they know they’re not alone. They are drawn into your world and live the characters’ journeys because they have experienced similar things in life that you have. Your individual voice comes through the tone of the work, the vocabulary, imagery and rhythm that is all yours. This is where the reader actually gets you, the writer, not Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele.
When you’re trying to be like a writer you admire, your internal editor starts taking over and the result is flat and rigid writing. If you let go of trying to be someone you’re not, your writing style will flow naturally. I’m giving you permission now to shoot your internal editor and be the author you’re meant to be. Go on, do it now!
Now get to work and get those words written that come from deep inside you, the real you who has personality plus. Bring forward the ideas and exciting stories lurking below the conscious mind. Write to please you and your readers, not Nora Roberts’s or Danielle Steele’s readers.
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Bio: Laura enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and delight her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and traveled. Her first book, African Hearts, was shortlisted in the 2011 Caleb Prize.
Laura around the web:
- Voice vs. Style
- Keep ‘Em Hooked by Laura Griffin
- When Arguments Are a Good Thing: Conflict in Dialogue by K.M. Weiland
- The Devil is in the Details – Laura Griffin
- It’s All in the Voice by Heather Webb