He is currently finding his own path in his journey as a writer, but he's not looking to write his first book or starting a blog. While also a desk jockey with a 9-5 gig, he's been a musician since long before we met, and I've known him for twenty years.
In this case, what is being written is song lyrics.
I'll admit this is a new one for me, but I'm excited for how excited he is about it. Playing around with different lines and throwing a few ideas back and forth was a lot of fun. I have written poetry for probably as long as he's been playing music, and those moments when a cadence and rhyme fall into place have a certain magic to them.
That excitement never gets old, and I'm thrilled that he's allowed me in on his process a little bit.
There was a moment a few days ago where he had written a line that just didn't sound like him, at least to me. I've heard him call people, "sweetheart" and "my dear", but "darling" just felt weird. It wasn't his voice to my ears. I commented on it and we played with it, and he even admitted he wasn't thrilled with it either. I told him that he needed to let his voice shine through. This is his music with his story tied to it, and it should have his vibe to it as well. I personally believe that the best song writers use their lyrics as a window to their soul, and I'd love to see him create something that beautiful.
After our conversation I was musing on all of this, and I felt a twinge of jealousy. I was comparing the freedom of a songwriter to always use their voice to the fiction writer's (read:me) need to give each of their characters their own voice and stay true to them. Just because a thought or phrase is something I would say or believe doesn't mean my character would agree with me, and I had a pouty tantrum moment of "That's not fair! Why does he get to use his voice all the time and I don't!?"
The good news is I got over myself and put my big girl writer panties back on, because I realized my hands aren't tied as bad as one might think. As authors, we can still find our voice and use it loudly and proudly throughout our books. Not everything is dialogue and characters, and how we portray the story is a huge opportunity to let our voices shine. Just because every person in your narrative is filled with personality traits that require a different voice than your own doesn't mean you can't use your own brush to color what happens to them. This is your work, written by your hand, with your name on the cover. Never forget that.
Don't be afraid to let YOU shine through in your writing. Windows to the soul can be quite beautiful.
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