Monday, 1 April 2013
I always wanted to write things as much as I wanted to read them. When I was 15 years old, I spent a week at the NT News (one of the worst newspapers in Australia but my local) on work experience as a mini-journalist. That title I assigned myself. It taught me nothing of writing but a lot about advertising and entertainment.
None of what I wrote when I was young was written for anyone but me. The audience was me and at most my mother.
That meant I could be creative, crazy and chaotic without fear of judgement. A nice idea.
Then I started a blog and tried to write things that interested me but I thought would also interest other people. Maybe a little judgement and some learning. A nice idea.
What I realised very late was that it didn't matter what I wrote or who I wrote it for if the reason I was writing was to improve. All that ever mattered was that I wrote and wrote and wrote until I found my voice.
Wrote until the voice in words on a screen or paper sounded like the voice in my head.
Finding your voice online is like finding your voice on stage or on camera. It is about being yourself and not trying to sound like someone else. Of course, acting and fiction may be different but there is still a style that is yours. Part of you. Your essence.
So I keep writing so that it still sounds like me. And I keep sounding like me so I can keep writing.