Discover Your Voice As A Writer: Creative Writing Mastery | Madeleine Rose Jones | Skillshare

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Discover Your Voice As A Writer: Creative Writing Mastery

teacher avatar Madeleine Rose Jones, Writing & Lifestyle

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10 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. What Is A Writer's Voice?

    • 4. Misconceptions

    • 5. Find Your Purpose

    • 6. Reading

    • 7. Discussion

    • 8. Experimental Writing

    • 9. Self-Conscious Writing

    • 10. Conclusion

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A writer's 'voice' is quite important. It's the one thing that is unique to each writer. But the concept is rather vague and difficult to define. In this short course, you will learn how to develop your voice as a writer. In bite-sized lessons, Madeleine teaches the value of experimental writing, critical reading and discussing literature. It's suitable for all levels.

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Madeleine Rose Jones

Writing & Lifestyle


Hello, I'm Madeleine. And I've been there. Looking up at the ceiling, strolling around the garden, gazing at the stars... with hope that I'm creating the next big thing. Yet I stopped looking... and started to write. I've written science fiction, historical dramas, and speculative thrillers that keep the reader guessing. Oh, and I've learned from the best. Studying creative writing at Macquarie University improved my writing, and I'm excited to share it with you. 

Since 2019, I've run the literature & history blog Snowy Fictions, where I post short stories, articles and listicles all about the magic existing in both fact and fiction. My blog posts are used as educational guides for high schools in the United States, Canada and Australia. I've also given tal... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Every right to inmates a strong voice. The best works of literature written from office who have the strong voice and sense of who they are as a creator. But building up that confidence as a writer is hard. And it can be confusing when literary agents and publishers argue that a writer's voice is one of the most important things I look for. I know I was confused. A few years ago. One of my teachers in a creative writing Cole's looked at a story I write and gave a mixed response. She wanted what the point of the story was. After much consideration, I rewrite the story with more energy and purpose. I was slowly finding my voice as a write-up. This placed my teacher who kindly gave me a good mark. And I'm sure I can help you find your voice as a writer. In this course, I will share valuable tips on how you can find your voice as a writer. Well, look at the various misconceptions about a writer's voice. How to find your purpose, ratings, strategies, and how to discuss books with other writers. More than that, we'll dig deep into experimental writing and how self-conscious writing can go awfully wrong. Welcome to this course. Hamlet's get started. 2. Class Project: For the class project, I want you to answer the following questions. First, write down what writers inspire you. What right is give you a drive to create. Think hard about what writers have shaped who you are as a creator. Once you have finished your latest book over it. And consider, what do you like about each specific writer. Is that a certain style they employ or is it what things they discuss in their fiction? Understand that arrived his voice, although unique, is partially inspired by other literary voices. Try not to restrict yourself to novel writers. Because you can also consider poetry, short fiction, theatre, and even screenplays. Consider what writers you want to have an impact on your writing. Off. Do you finish this task? Perhaps you'd like to post your answers in the class project section and create a fun discussion. I can't wait to see what you've come up with. 3. What Is A Writer's Voice?: We first must understand what arises voice is. For some, it can mean different things. They're really arrived. His voice is unique to each writer. You can't have the same writing voice as another. It's something you develop over time for reading and writing. Because of this, we should be writes his voice as the ultimate style and personality of a write-off. What is a presence in literature? For example, Cormac McCarthy writes in a very concise way with symbolism and a clear understanding of psychology and the characters, environments. I wouldn't call them sentimental. Rava, hand ploys a very dry violence and realistic voice, which makes his books pretty brilliant. On the other hand, let's look at a rider who's very different. Susanna clock. She wrote Jonathan Strange and Mr. neuro and the recent Piranesi. She writes in style close to Dickens and Jane Austin and various medieval romances. This is one of her strengths as a write-off. Because when you rate her walk, you can see the presence and the influence of other writers as if they are in communication with a java. And what Susanna clock does, quite brilliant. Lee, is that she adds her own original spin on it. Because of this, her novels have such a towering presence. You can't stop admiring them. To backtrack a bit. We should see, right? His voice is something that develops over time with subtle changes. In this course, I will stress the importance of letting your writing voice develop naturally. As it isn't something you should rush. 4. Misconceptions: Let's talk about misconceptions. There are many misconceptions about a rod as voice. Usually begin a rightist confused voice with other concepts which are still important, but they include style or theme. Freely. You should feel a ride his voice as a mixture of things such as style, technique, choice of language, imagery, things. However, the biggest misconception about right, his voice is definitely that you can copy others. Imitation may seem like a form of flattery. It will only stall to your own writing and creating progress. This is why you must focus on why you write and what your purposes, as well as he choice of language and literary devices. You preference. This stage where I come naturally and plays or unfree cat if you struggle with various misconceptions from time to time, because everybody does. Just give yourself some time and you'll get there. 5. Find Your Purpose: Find your purpose. I want to talk about a previous mention of finding your purpose as a writer. This is because the best way to develop your voice as a writer is to develop your purpose. Ask yourself, why are you writing? Isn't to make an impact? Connect with people? All to change someone's mind on a complex, intricate topic. There is no right or wrong answer. C, The think hard about your passion for writing. The best writers create from a sense of passion and a drive. I understand this may be very frustrating advice as no one can make you passionate about writing. And I just want to say, you don't have to be passionate about your work all the time. There will be periods of time where you feel lethargic or you just don't care about what you write. But you need the strength to go through those moments and return back to your craft and to continue to write. The best way to mostly this is through writing. But by having an overarching reason for creating and writing, you will motivate yourself to write more often, which rates many benefits. In conclusion, find your purpose in creative writing by considering the reason why you write and will continue to do so. 6. Reading: A very good way to become a better writer and to have a stronger understanding of your voice is to read widely. Read books in different genres from different countries, styles, time periods. And don't limit yourself to just novels. Engage with other mediums of fiction. This will make you more aware of language and how it shakes storytelling on a micro and macro level. This also ensures you will be exposed a variety of styles and techniques. It's also worth reading stories from imagine writers such as debut fiction. If you want to take the step five, you can always join a riotous group where you discuss each other's stories. This tip isn't for everyone, but it can be a great way to discover the strengths and flaws in your own writing and in others. But it's really the most important aspects of rating is discovering your own personal preferences in literature. On Earth, including night. Ryan suggests rushing the stage, engaging with books and fiction takes time. There's a lot of value in a slow yet careful immersion in literature and language. 7. Discussion: He's a great suggestion for various who wanted to improve their voices, write-off, discuss folks with others. This could mean joining a book club, taking English literature units, commenting on literary blogs, or having a simple discussion with a friend or family member about literature. Very discussing books. You'll develop a good IV. What you like in literature, and what others like as well. What's great about discussing books so that others can give you book recommendations that are outside of what you usually Raid. This is valuable and the much needed exposure to a wide variety of literary styles and techniques. On a more personal note, I noticed after two years of engaging with raiding communities, the difference it made in my writing, there was a greater sense of purpose and more urgency within my writing. I had a clear understanding of what I liked and disliked. I believe you can find your path is true for solid discussion. 8. Experimental Writing: A good method to find your voice as a writer is to experiment, try to variety of techniques, genres, styles, and modes of writing. Though you may be determined to write fantasy fiction in the present tense. Maybe you should try writing environments, of course. And it goes without saying, it's not necessary to write genres or styles that you lawyers are not interested in. Experimenting with language. Style and genre is a useful way for you to shopping. You'll toolbox as a write-off and to learn more about who you are as a creator. Third, experimentation. You'll discover your strengths and weaknesses. And that is what an emerging writer needs. 9. Self-Conscious Writing: As writers, we are exposed to plenty of writing advice. Some good, some bad. But what's definitely bad is when you are so overwhelmed with writing advice that you can't write without wondering about the many roles you are breaking. All. Maybe you are editing a story and decide you must remake every adverb or passive sentence. It's very easy to go overboard with your writing and make silly and badly thought up changes. This isn't to say there is no place for editing all writing advice, or that everything about it is bad. But it's important. You learn a balance between criticism and your own creativity. Remember, developing your voice as a writer means discovering what works for you. The more you write and think about writing, as well as participating in editing and discussion. You will develop military voice. Just be aware of self-consciousness in writing. It can really still to your writing when you worry too much about all the roles you are breaking, some self-consciousness is good, but it can easily damaged your work. So make sure you have caution. 10. Conclusion: Thank you very much for participating in the short course on finding your voices arrival. I hope it helped you in your literary journey. If you have any comments, you are most welcome to leave a review or started discussion. Remember your class project, and I can't wait to see what you've forgotten. Also, I have many other Skillshare classes you may want to check out. Thanks again, and I'll see you soon.