Blogging as a Writer
Sometimes when I'm blogging, I forget what I'm doing: writing. Sometimes, in the difficulty of articulating complex feelings for a book, or a trend, I pick apart my word choice and syntax with a meticulousness that I wouldn't think I'd find in "fangirling" over books.One of the tricky parts as a reviewer is that, while you also want to thoroughly convey your thoughts on a book effectively, you also want to have enough of a voice that keeps people coming back to your blog. You want to be engaging, likable. You want to have personality but enough of a critique where you can point out given flaws or perks of a book.I am not a fangirl.I can't string together a funny tweet - although sometimes I'll (hopefully) dig out a clever pun or phrase - and I can't put "*flails*" on here without feeling like an idiot. Why?It's not true to my voice.I read poetry and lots of books and although I enjoy cutesy, funny blogs, it's not my style to be one myself. With my preference in language, I'm much more drawn to descriptions that use obscure words or analyze the meaning behind particular angles. I'm much more like my English teacher in that sense, but I do notice that the relatable bloggers get a lot more of an audience which has been a struggle for me in my desire to brand myself.Frankly, I'm not quite sure what my voice is as a writer but it's a lot more like what you'd find on my writing blog than what you'd find on my Tumblr. I throw around words like "y'all" or "gals" but then again, that's more like my Lit Up self than my Words Like Silver one. Because I like silver-tongued writers. I like writing critical essays. I like writing about moonlight or the idea that you can't see the same colors as another person. I can't mimic the effortless style of some of my favorite "fangirl" bloggers.Sometimes I sit back while I'm writing a review and gape at the fact that I'm writing, that I've put aside the time and knocked out two thousand words of text that probably could have gone to my short stories, or the poems that I'm then too tired to write. Sometimes I ignore this blog in favor of writing a poem. Sometimes I get so frustrated by my repetition of certain review words - poignant, alluring, likable - that I half want to drown my review in a thesaurus until I find the right tone words again.As a writer, I worry that my projects are too similar. As a blogger, I worry that my reviews are too similar. How many discussion posts can I write before they all drift towards the same ambiguous topic? How many reviews can I write in my specific tone, if I have one? Am I distinctive enough? Do I need to vary my sentence structure?Sometimes it really does help to take a step back and analyze my tone. Am I being too academic, too bland? Am I being too up-front, talking too much about my reaction and not about the substance of the book? Although I struggle as a writer with my voice in my works, I want to be a good writer on here as well. I want Words Like Silver to be polished, and articulate, and distinctive.It's always a work in progress, being a writer. Logically, I know that voice is organic and that it comes with every word that I write. I know that y'all - my readers - probably see my writing as having specific qualities that I'm too blind to see. But I also want to challenge myself to hone my voice and my vision, to dig deeper and recognize those review phrases that I toss around too often, to craft a review as thoroughly unique and focused as the book itself. All in all, I'd like my reviews to emulate how I saw the book and that's where the writing challenge comes into play.
So no, I'm not a fangirl. I don't pick the perfect word for each book that I read. I'd like to think that WLS has a distinctive voice, and I'd like to continue to work towards that in both my writing (works) and my blogging.
Here are a few bloggers I go to that fit - and challenge - my voice.