There was a time many years ago when I decided not to have a television. I was a young writer and I set up some very strict rules for myself to ensure that one day I would be a good writer.
I felt that I should spend my free time reading novels and short stories, not watching television. I felt that television sapped my creativity.
Well, that period in my life lasted about five years.
Eventually, I did get a television. And I’ve enjoyed watching television ever since. I watch public television, sports and the new channels I was able to get with my converter box. I still refuse to pay for cable.
So, when my television recently went kaput, I didn’t think too much about it. I just decided to listen to more radio, especially at night. I started to listen to talk-radio.
Some of the stuff the talk-radio hosts talk about is nonsense. Most of them, not all of them, but most of them are in the business of inciting their listeners about whatever happens to be the hot topic in the news.
But here’s the thing; the more successful talk-radio hosts have their own distinct, recognizable style of delivery. They use their voices like musical instruments: pitch, tone, volume, pauses, pacing, elocution, diction, syntax and agenda. Agenda is very important.
A writer must also find his or her own distinct voice if he or she is to stand out from the crowd.
The Old Soldier can’t tell you how to find your own distinct voice. You simple have to know how important a distinct personal voice is and then work your way towards your own distinctive voice.
It’s something I’ve been working towards for years.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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