As a writer, you can almost always sense those moments when the “writing flame” is burning brightly, but sometimes the words still refuse to catch fire.
It may be because you’re not being true to yourself – at the deepest level.
Let me explain.
Recently I’ve been obsessing over a 2008 video, Human by The Killers, because it illuminates a truth that every artist, writer and musician needs to accept.
Debate has raged over the meaning of the main lyric in the song –“Are you human, or are you dancer?”
But its meaning is perfectly clear: Are you being entirely true to yourself, creating with all the human originality you possess? Or are you afraid to trust your own voice, and are merely an imitator, ‘dancing someone else’s steps’?
Are You Writing With Your Own Unique “Voice”?
Seriously, think about it.
Are you trusting your potent uniqueness when writing, or are you dazzled by the success of someone else’s work and slavishly copying it, masking your writing with their style and identity?
One Of The Biggest Creative Killers Is Trying To Be Someone Other Than Yourself As A Writer
For example, are you writing about “vampires” simply because it’s a hot book market?
If you choose that “copycat” route, a Tiger called regret awaits. Your writing will not catch fire, and the career you desire will fail to unfold.
The solution is to create something unique that’s drawn from the deepest wells of your own interests and fascinations, and readers will immediately sense the originality.
They’ll crave more, and the only author from which it is available is you.
This is how your life-long fan readership is built.
Authenticity Is The Key To Growing Readership
There’s no question that in the early days most writers need to copy, abstract, and simulate to discover their ‘voice’. This is perfectly normal, but in the end your own voice needs to emerge with all its unique quirkiness and power.
Think about this:
In the palliative care book “The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying”, the #1 regret expressed by people with only a few weeks to live, was they wished they’d been true to themselves. But as they approached the end of their life, realized it was too late.
The power of your unique, innate talent will go to work for you, if you have the confidence to trust it.
Are you trusting it?
Watch the Human video by The Killers group. It’s a beautifully filmed expression of the question we all face. And lastly, keep writing, no matter how much you think your muse has deserted you. Writing summons the creative muse, not the other way around.
What do you think? Are you being true to yourself with your writing? Have you found your voice? It’s never easy. Please do leave a comment.
Article written by Jonathan Gunson
Author / Book Marketing Coach
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