A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Zorro (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
When I was a child one of my favorite programs on television was the Disney produced Zorro series. I seem to remember it being shown in fifteen minute segments that appeared as part of the Mickey Mouse Club, but according to Wikipedia it was actually a series itself that was associated at times with the Mickey Mouse Club. Whichever the case, the Zorro story was an exciting one that inspired and intrigued me when I was young.
One of Zorro's memorable characteristics was the "Z" that he would slash into places he had been. Zorro would leave the "Z" calling card to let his adversaries know that he was the one who had visited and this became his trademark so to speak.
For a writer, voice is like Zorro's "Z". Instead of the sword the writer uses the pen--or their favorite tool of writing--to slash the words that will let the reader know who it was that visited. The focus of the writer's interests, the subject matter, unique uses of metaphors and phrasing are the calling cards of the writer that essentially says "this was written by me."
We may not have a voice that is so dramatically unique that we are indistinguishable from others who write in a way similar to ours, but our voice should be as clear as it can be to give the reader a greater sense of familiarity of who they are reading.
When you slash your pages with your real or figurative pen, leave a bold "Z" to let the readers know who it is behind the words on the pages that you have created.
Do you consciously strive to develop your own unique writing voice? Are there certain authors whose writing you immediately recognize when you read it? How do you think voice in writing is reflected in the writing style?
This is it for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge letter posts. However there is one more A to Z event coming up. Be watching for the A to Z Reflections Linky list which will appear on Monday May 4th at a-to-zchallenge.com. My reflections post for Wrote By Rote will be posted on Saturday May 2nd as I return to my regular posting schedule. Join me then!