Guest Post by Brenda Sills from The Startled Spyglass
There’s something about writing that I feel very strongly about.
Oh! You want to know what it is? Sure, sure, here you go—
Hold onto your Voice with all your strength.
Hold tight with the same grip you’d use to hang onto someone’s hand who just fell over a 700 foot cliff and you’ve got ‘em by one hand and you’re gonna pull ‘em up and save their life!
Don’t ever let go of who you are as a writer.
Figure out how to recognize the line of when to use critiques (critical by the way) and when to hold tight to your voice. The way you write makes you, you.
It’ll be tough, really tough because people will bombard you with endless ways to alter your voice. I’ve seen it happen to friends, acquaintances, people I didn’t even know. I caught wind of what they considered changing because of a critique, and I panicked for them. The same things happened to me.
Please believe me, I value every critique I get and the effort each person puts into it—it means a lot. But I won’t let go of my voice. That’s me.
I’m unique and you’re unique.
Hold on tight. Never let go. Enjoy the vision of who you are as a writer.