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    Voices in My Head

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Taylee91, Aug 5, 2010.


    This could be just a shot in the dark, but does anyone else out there have a problem with writing while reading a separate piece of fiction? Does anyone lose their own unique “voice” and start writing like the author of the piece they’re reading?

    I’ve had a problem with this for a while, and so to avoid the glitch, I refuse to write after reading a separate piece of fiction or vice versa.

    Is there just a problem with my own skills as a writer or do I need to brush up more on grammar itself?
     
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    That happened to me in the beginning, but I've learnt to block off all thoughts of writing in the style of that author, and to just carry on in my own style.
     
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    I don't think this was ever a huge problem for me. It was a bit of one when I first started writing. I would always get so lost in it that it never was difficult to focus on my own voice. I guess it's learning to shut everything else out when you write. Best of luck. :)
     
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    Thanks, guys. I do believe this is just a premature phase.
     
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    I can read other stuff while I'm writing. I generally start a writing session by reading over and correcting my own work from the previous session, so when I start adding more text I've found my own voice again.
     
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    I think that's called taking influence. For new writers, when your voice isn't 100% established, you borrow traits that you like from other writers. It's not limited to just reading either, your voice can be influenced from any medium where a story is told.
     
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    Exactly, Norm! That is precisely the problem. And my taking influence doesn't just stop in writing as you said. It does take from other story mediums like movies.
     
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    I'm pretty sure this is natural for most writers. But with time writers find their own voice and style, so this is nothing to worry about.
     
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    Thank you, Thirdwind. That is very encouraging. I will keep at it.
     
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    Exactly. It will pass the more you write and discover your own voice. :)
     
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    No but I have a serious problem shutting my own voice out when writing a woman of my own age.
     
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    I struggle with this same problem!

    Like the others have said, though... I'm sure with practice you'll be able to use your own "voice" at will.
     
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    It's true. I used to have an issue with that myself. I get very immersed in what I'm writing. The more you do it the easier it gets to stay true to your characters. :)
     

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