Finding our unique voice is as easy and as hard it gets but why?
I interviewed the great devotional singer Snatam Kaur recently. I asked her when she first knew she had a voice and she told me this story.
“I grew up in a community guided by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and I would often sing at our gatherings. After one particular gathering when I’d sung something,” she told me, “a lady came up to me and said ‘You did a really nice job, but I think you should take some voice lessons. You’re a little out of tune.’ I decided not to believe her, to believe my voice was my soul’s voice. I feel my voice was born at that moment. I was 12.”
It's a lovely story. But, as someone who has struggled throughout my life to find my writing voice, I have to confess I envy Snatam Kaur. I'm constantly wondering if my writing voice is my own.
But I have learned to do three things in my search for my own voice.
I only listen to people when they comment on the nuts and bolts of my writing - grammar and so on. But, in terms of what I'm writing, I go with what feels most like it's coming from my soul.
When I'm writing, I try to switch off my analytic, ego-mind and sidestep my fear of being inauthentic. First thought, best thought.
I work and work at my writing and am ruthless about getting rid of anything that doesn't feel right to me.
If and when you have an absolute flash of certainty, like Snatam Kaur did, don't question it. Write. Write. Write.
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