Finding My (literary) Voice

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been writing since I was in the 5th grade. Over the years I have written everything from journal entries and blog posts to essays to poems to short stories to novels and self-help books. Writing used to come easy to me because I was fueled 100% by inspiration. Once I’m inspired I will start, and I won’t stop until the project is complete. But what happens when I’m not inspired? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And that is the problem. Writers write even when inspiration leaves them. They work through the “block” and write. I do not, and that fact frustrates me. I love writing but I don’t push through. I don’t set aside time to think and to write like I should.

I have written one novel, and, in my opinion, it was pretty good for a first-time novelist. But again, I was fueled by motivation.

The story, while fiction, was inspired by true events and something inside me was screaming to get out and I could not rest until I got it all out on paper. I wrote that novel in between 2000-2001 (when I was going through a divorce) and I self-published it in 2004. Over the last 14 years I have tried to write another novel, but I couldn’t. I told myself that maybe I only had one book in me. Deep down I do not believe that.

I need guidance and direction so today I registered to take a creative writing class at The Muse Writer’s Center. It is an 8-week course that explores the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing.

I am excited about taking this course because for once in my life I am admitting that I don’t know every-damn-thing and I am reaching out for help. I have never taken any writing classes I’ve just always put pen to paper and let the words flow. Writing is a craft that needs to be developed and I anticipate that taking this class will be the first step to developing my craft; to finding my voice; and to writing again.

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