Today I’m happy to introduce Heidi to you…
Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail. She writes Women’s Fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com.
Finding Freedom With Your Writing Voice
One of my biggest struggles on my journey to publication was the often frustrating advice to “find my writing voice.” As if the giver of guidance was certain I even had one! But the more I wrote, and the more I inched (very slowly) toward my writing goals, the more I came to understand this complicated thing called “voice.” As it turned out, I did have one—and whether you believe it or not, you do too.
Here are a few things that have helped me find freedom in my writing voice over the years:
You probably already do this, so have fun! Read and read widely. When you find an author you like, read as many books of theirs as you can. Often what we like about their style might be their voice. Are their words lyrical? Humorous? Blunt? If we read enough of a certain type of writing, we might just find that same style appearing in our own manuscript.
You knew this was coming, right? But the more we write, the more freedom we find in our words. We loosen up a bit, maybe quit analyzing so much. It’s often here—when we’re not scared of breaking the rules—that our voice is set free.
~ Get Real
In his book, Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass says, “To set your voice free, set your words free. Set your characters free. Most important, set your heart free.”
Don’t hold back with your writing. We are sometimes tempted to guard off the vulnerable pieces of our heart from spilling onto the page (or computer screen), but don’t. We only rob potential readers of the best stuff when we do this. Instead, we must let down our guard. Be honest and real with our words. Be vulnerable. Be free.
Your readers will thank you!
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Freedom’s Ring begins when an antique ring reunites a Boston Marathon bombing survivor with the man who saved her. Together they unearth the two-hundred-year-old history of a woman who suffered tremendous loss in the Boston Massacre—a woman torn between the love of two men—one a Patriot, one a Redcoat.