Which leads me to finding your voice. What is your voice? Your voice is a blend of beliefs, passion and your theme that runs throughout your stories. So, how do you discover this? Speaker LuAnn McLane gave the following advice.
- Make a list of your strengths.
- Dare to be different (Take something that's been done before and put your spin on it. MAKE IT FRESH!
- Please yourself first.
- Creating your brand. (Start Now! You don't have to wait to be published.) Create your tag line: Something that will resonate with your readers, editors and agents. That special ingredient that is you.
For instance LuAnn's tag line is Romantic Comedy with a Southern Kick. Jamie Denton's tag line is Discover Hot & Steamy Romance. Linore Rose Burkhard's tag line is Inspirational Romance to Warm the Soul.
So, how do you define yourself and what you write? I am trying to define mine. I know I write dark in almost everything I write. When it doesn't have a dark twist then I probably had to struggle to write the piece. So, now to come up with a catch phrase that people will remember... If I wrote romance, I'd say darkly delicious.., but I don't. So, now it's time to put on the old thinking cap. I'll let you know what I come up with.