Find your own voice and follow it…

Find your own voice in writing and follow it, said Julian Fellowes at the Literature Festival last night. What good advice. Sometimes it’s tempting to capitulate and try to emulate someone else’s style e.g. I can’t abide a lot of the ‘navel gazing’ of modern poetry or it’s fairly obtuse expression. My poetry is usually easy to understand and uses no long words for the sake of. Of course I don’t win competitions but do we compromise or remain unpublished? There’s the dilemma. We were taught in a workshop I attended over the weekend to use the ‘Pub test’ for our writing i.e. whatever you have to say imagine you had to run into a pub and say what it is in one easy quick sentence. This should incapusulate the best writing – easy to assess and straight to the point. I wonder what modern poets would make of this advice?

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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