“The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say but what we are unable to say.” – Anis Nin
Am I giving a voice to someone or others in my writings?
That’s a good question. At this point, as a raw and fresh writer still learning craft, I would have to say – I hope my own voice resonates with others eventually. My own voice seems so weak at times, and if someone else draws inspiration from my voice anytime within the following months, well, that would make my year. That was actually my New Year Resolution, to find my own voice, and through writing, I’ve heard it. That’s why I love the quote by Anis Nin. I can say things through my writing my blubbering mouth couldn’t get out in a week. I feel this way about art in general. There’s a lot in my head, and I’m glad there’s more than one way of communicating with the world, other than, a physical voice. Georgia O’Keeffe said something similiar about creating visual art, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
The whole question about voice makes me think of one of my favorite authors, Shirley Jackson. Yes, she writes literary horror, but her heroines have these voices that sound like echoes of my own thoughts. I’m drawn to their word choices, and how they perceive themselves. When I read We Have Always Lived in The Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, I thought I was meeting people like myself. It was almost eerie hearing my own thoughts projected from a fictional character, not the violent thoughts though, thankfully.
I don’t ever imagine I’ll speak for those whom believe they have no voices like Harriet Beecher Stowe. However, it would be wonderful to have someone meet themselves through one of my characters like I did through Jackson’s characters. My voice and I have a lot of strength building to do until then. One word, one line, and one day, I really hope I get there.
How about you, are you giving a voice to someone or others in your writings? Or, are you still trying to find your own voice?
Have a wonderful night, Biz Boston.