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On Finding Your Voice

finding your voice

For those of us who write professionally or personally, there comes a point when the ideas just. aren’t. there. Sometimes, creativity feels like it’s just as much something that’s inside of you, as it is a divine spark that you have no other choice but to hope shows up for you. And if you force it, your voice — the part of the story that makes it come alive, makes it dance, makes it so effortlessly flow from you — is nowhere to be found. I saw this quote by Austin Kleon the other day, and loved how it summarized finding that voice:

The only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.

Isn’t that absolutely true? When I can’t think of a single thing I should write about, I bring it back to the basics. What is exciting me right now? What did I tell my girlfriends about on the phone? What’s the link I’ve been forwarding to all my coworkers? And suddenly, I’ve got everything in the world to say.

Which kind of reminds me of this quote by K.V.H. :

People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes.

Best of luck in your creative endeavors, pretties. I hope this helps in some way. x

overcoming creative block

{Top photo via We The Urban; bottom via Brain Pickings}

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Gina August 28, 2014, 9:52 am

    I will only be writing about puppies and chocolate and wine, thank you very much.

    • Jessica August 30, 2014, 2:55 pm

      😉

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