Still many hundreds of thousands away from finding my own voice and truth be told it has been a serious nagging doubt in the back of my mind. “Surely I should have found it by now?” Not. Perhaps, as the author says, I really should stop worrying about it and let it come. 10 000 hours, a million words, it all amounts to the same thing… Just flipping write.
I have heard it said, or more likely I have read, that we writers don’t find our voice until we’ve written one million words.
The first five times I read this it didn’t sink in. I read “million words” and thought ‘it will take me forever to write a million words – I’m just not going to worry about it.’ But you know what I did worry about? For the last twenty years I have lamented the fact that I did not have a real, independent and bona fide style. I had no idea where this ‘style’ thing came from, how my favorite writers got it, why I couldn’t find it. I was like David Banner trying to discover the answer to the tragedy of why I couldn’t make an important difference when things depended on it. But even then I was no closer to becoming the Hulk.
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