As the darkest day of the year approaches, for some people their inner dark shadows encroach into the everyday. Fall and winter can create a recipe for malaise, depression, and anxiety for many people, as we struggle to cope with the waning sunshine, increasing tensions during the holidays, and decreasing access to enjoying the outdoors.
Some people express a consistent annual pattern of seasonal blues, whereas others’ doldrums are acutely connected to the election season or a single holiday event (like a holiday meal with Uncle Rodney who blathers on and on about politics). Regardless of whether a person experiences an ongoing blue period or a short-lived sadness, keeping a book journal can offer relief from the darkness.
Read Deeper with a Book Journal
But when it came to my own writing, I could not have differentiated my voice from my plot lines. Why is that? Why is it that novice writers have such an easy time admiring the accomplishments of professional writers and such a difficult time recognizing their own?
After having spent four decades pounding a keyboard, I now know the answer to where my writing voice is. It is where it always was and where I left it all along. The location was always the same—in my writing. The only thing that changed for me is that time allowed me a bit of clarity and confidence to distance myself from my self-evaluative introspection long enough to recognize what was there all along—a distinctive voice.
ODI seeks to provide emerging writers with useful resources to get your writing moving forward.