I'm actually a pretty chatty kind of gal, and under normal circumstances this comes out in my writing style. I was an English major in college and my writing voice tended to be described as "breezy," "chatty," and "natural." And then a weird thing happened . . . I started a blog. Mostly I was interested in keeping my family (who up and abandoned me by moving all the way across the country) up-to-date on my daughter and all of our activities. The I started sewing, and getting into the crafty online community and entering giveaways and my blog started changing . . . and so did my writing style. I have the stiffest, most formal, annoyingly factual and uninteresting blogging voice. Honestly, I have no idea how this occurred. Maybe in my head I have an idea that blogs are supposed to be a certain way, but the driest newsprint flows better sometimes than my blog writing.
I don't understand it.
It's been bothering me for awhile.
I used to love to write - I've written a pretty darn good children's book manuscript if I do say so myself . . . I'd love to post it here to prove I don't always sound as boring as I come across on this blog. But then someone might steal my clever little idea before a publisher gets around to noticing that my idea is, in fact, clever. Not that I am saying any of you are thieves . . . but you never know who is lurking around in cyberspace - a children's picture book idea thief just waiting for the brilliance that is Fitz and Lizzie! Ahem. Or not.
So I will attempt to regain my voice. The voice that runs through Fitz and Lizzie, the voice that told a pretty little story in my senior Literary Journal about Paris and a yellow sundress and a relationship between a mother and daughter, the voice that has written lyrics for songs that have been sung by the most angelic voices in my church.
I want to regain my voice.