The Voice Issue 29: May/June 2017 - Page 5

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And there are all those dang rules. It seems un-natural. It’s more difficult.

If you recognize that writing is important to your confidence and ability to succeed, if you want to get to the point where writing is natural and easier, you must get your writing closer to your natural, oral voice. It must sound like you or, in fiction, like the characters you create.

To help you understand this relationship, Young Writers Project tries to get you to record yourself reading or presenting your work. We have open mics and recording parties; we publish your audio with your test; we've even created a widget on youngwritersproject.org for you to record yourself right on your post. We try to help you find the inner, conversational writer inside.

We’re trying a few more things. On youngwritersproject.org you can now record a comment on someone else’s post. Will it make commenting easier? Will you do more commenting? Will it help you understand your own voice? We’ll see.

And in mid-June, when we announce the YWP’s 2017 Summer of Stories Challenge, we’ll be including suggestions for you on how to speak and record your stories, sometimes with text and sometimes without.

Because we love sound. And we think sound helps you write and understand your voice.

- GG (Geoff Gevalt, YWP Executive Director)