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V is for…

April 25, 2013

Sounds so easy…

V is for Voice. Not the reality singing competition on TV, but what we use to make ourselves heard. Our voice is much more than what we speak out loud. It is any means that brings our unique individual self to be heard by the wider world. I’m a natural introvert, and I don’t particularly care for telephone conversations or making small talk in social settings. I wish I could sing (you don’t want to hear me try), but as Elton John put it, my words are my songs.

I’m glad that I can find my voice through writing. “Voice” is one of the seven traits of writing, the one students have the most trouble with. It tends to either shine through in their writing, or it doesn’t. You can teach them to be more descriptive, use imagery, figurative language, “show” instead of “tell,” vary their sentence structure and make their paragraphs flow, be clear and concise, etc. But how do you teach someone to fully present their personality in composition?

Blogging has been the most prominent means of sharing my voice for the past dozen years. This blog is but my newest of many. V is also for Views, and on Tuesday the 23rd, when this site was exactly one month old, it received it’s 1000th view. Thank you for all those who have Visited so far and I hope you’ll all continue to do so!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2013 12:33 am

    I’m wondering what you’ll do with x…love your posts! πŸ™‚


  2. April 26, 2013 6:54 am

    Aw, the alphabet’s almost over. =/ This was a good one. And you sound like me. Introverted…not much for phone conversations or small talk… Wishing you could sing… Me too! Freaky. πŸ˜‰


  3. April 26, 2013 7:53 am

    V already?!
    Lord I’m getting old!!!
    I wish I could sing too, opera, a soprano more precisely, but can’t be.


  4. April 26, 2013 10:09 pm

    Voice is indeed a tough concept; it almost has to happen unconsciously (subconsciously?). I’m still not sure I’ve found mine.


  5. April 29, 2013 4:27 am

    Yes, indeed, voice has little to do with words. In fact, we mostly use words to hide how we feel, instead of expressing how we feel and this is quite ironic.


    • April 29, 2013 5:12 am

      That observation is so true and so deep for 5:11 a.m. here when I’m reading it. πŸ™‚ Thanks Lavinia.


      • April 29, 2013 5:16 am

        I am always deep after my morning coffee, especially if I have my morning coffee around lunch. Let’s just hope you will still find it deep after your morning coffee:))))


      • April 29, 2013 5:16 am

        I’m about to pour it, so I’ll let you k now πŸ™‚


      • April 29, 2013 5:17 am

        Enjoy it!:)


      • April 29, 2013 5:45 am

        I am right now, though I would prefer it was with lunch!


      • April 29, 2013 5:59 am

        Ok, you are finally in my blogroll. I am trying to update it for a long time, but I am such a procrastinator. I don’t why I find editing my blogroll so exhausting.


      • April 29, 2013 6:01 am

        I think I was already there. Under this name that is. You never got my old blog there, but no worries now πŸ™‚


      • April 29, 2013 6:03 am

        Oh, this blogroll thing is like Math. So hard!


  6. April 29, 2013 10:49 pm

    Oh dear God, what does my blog say about my personality? Revisiting the concept of voice now – thanks for the heads up! πŸ™‚


    • April 29, 2013 10:59 pm

      It says that you are all things quirky and sexy and dauntingly intelligent of course. In time I will respond to all these comments you are dropping right now, promise. Thank you πŸ™‚


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