Who is The Voice?

I know words. I have the best words.
I know words. I have the best words.

This is where I am supposed to tell you all about myself.

I guess I can provide the basics, without getting too philosophical. (Trust me, you don’t want me to do that. We’ll be here all day.)

My name is Chris Wood (I decided to use the pen name “The Voice” NOT because of the television show, but because my blogs were intended to help me find my writer’s voice) and I’ve spent a great deal of my life learning about all of the things I don’t want to do. For the first time, I’ve chosen a new approach to life and now I’m following my heart and letting it guide me towards whatever lies ahead.

I’ve pretended to be a writer (in my head at least) for many years and only recently have I decided that perhaps I should give it a try in the real world. I’ve found I have enough talent to string some words together and form coherent ideas so why not challenge myself to see what I can really do? My two blogs, Dumasaphobic Diatribes (for my non-fiction work) and The Well of Fiction (for — surprise surprise — my short fiction) are my attempts to test myself and the waters of professional writing. Each new day truly is a small adventure in my new journey and despite the fact that I’m always broke and have really no idea what I’m doing, I’m having the time of my life.

I don’t know what brought you to my page, but if you’re reading this you clearly have some interest in me so why not follow me and see what adventures we might take together. If you’re a writer with a modicum of talent, chances are that I’ll follow you as well. I try to learn from everyone I meet.

I also appreciate comments on my posts. Thank you for stopping by.

If you’re a writer and want to join a great group for networking, giving and receiving critique or picking up valuable resources, visit us at The Writers Den.

~V

19 thoughts on “Who is The Voice?

  1. Hi Chris, got here through Sunday Photo Fiction. Me too IΒ΄m a quite novice writer. And as you as well finally found my passion, it must have been always there but I never got to put it into action until a a couple of years. Great story by the way. Hope to read more when time permits.

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    1. Hi Charly! Great to meet you. I love hearing from others who have found their passion (or in some cases, had their passion find them). My best unsolicited advice is to write as much as you can, whatever it is. I look forward to reading your work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. How one views writing as a profession determines one’s attempts at becoming a professional writer. Individuals speak of their “passion” and then produce such contrived and twisted prose that makes others wonder if that passion wasn’t more fantasy. While I was a communications engineer (Telecomm) I did my share of technical writing for multiple audiences. A good technical writer learns how to explain the complex in simple terms to those who lack the background. In technical writing one never tries to tell a story, one of the drawbacks of that work. On the other hand, writing posts, editorial or essay like work, requires the inclusion of a certain amount of storytelling. Politics, economics, social, and even scientific commentary is much too dry unless one can frame the content around a story line. Facts mixed with a little humor and drama stand out in a manner suggested by the story line. Fiction is the most difficult because it requires that act of creation. Will you learn how to write fiction by doing all these “challenges” invented by authorities on writing? No, never happen G.I.. Understand that writing, good writing, is a first rate craft but with a difference. Unlike the goldsmith or plumber”s apprentice, there is no master craftsman standing next to you to help guild your hands. Writing is a self learned craft. Don’t think so? Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) never attended any college or university. Yet he is the American Shakespeare. O’Henry had a cursory education and yet is acknowledged the greatest writer of short story genre. Becoming a writer is a journey because one is compelled to write by the inner need. Call it ego, call it a sense of fulfilment, call it a compulsion, it doesn’t really matter. But never call it a passion. Better to describe it as a call to destiny. Passions are fickle things and can be snuffed out in a second. But destiny, ah, it may never be fulfilled but it is a journey worth taking. So cut the bullshit. All these two hundred word challenges will do for you is to make you a master of two hundred word challenges. Start writing that first short story and learn from your mistakes. Tell a story just as you would as if you were telling a group of friends a story while drinking a round of beer or wine. The difference between the oral tradition and the written tradition is the medium one uses. Time to go for the gusto. The best stories for the beginner are ones of personal experience. So change your name and don’t worry about the details. No one cares about the details, they care about the “story”.

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    1. Don’t hold back, William. Tell me how you really feel. πŸ™‚ I appreciate the time you took to share that. I have to admit, you make some good points. Since you made the effort to share your bit of wisdom, I’ll do my part and allow your words to digest and then I’ll see what I can make of it.

      Thank you for your words of… encouragement? Truth? It’s a bit hard to take but I’m pretty sure there is a lot I need from this.

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  3. Hi Chris, I am always happy to connect with another writer. Especially someone (like me) who is getting to it later in the game. I’ve been writing a long time, just not anywhere others could read! I look forward to following along your journey!

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    1. Thank you Dr Meg Sorick. (Do you prefer Dr Sorick, Meg, Dr Meg, or something else? I tried to come up with a clever nickname but my brain just sputtered out and left me with nothing…lol)

      It’s a pleasure to meet you and if you are interested, I have a forum for writers I started not long ago that you’re welcome to join. http://thewritersden.freeforums.net/

      I’ll be sure to take a look at your blog and see what you’ve been sharing. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and say hello!

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  4. All this time and I realize, I’ve never actually been to your about page lol. I like the reasoning behind the name ‘The Voice’. It’s definitely one we can relate to. After all, aren’t we all experimenting and learning and trying to find our respective voices πŸ™‚

    “Each new day truly is a small adventure in my new journey and despite the fact that I’m always broke and have really no idea what I’m doing, I’m having the time of my life.” ~> Cracked me up. But it’s so true.

    Here’s to being able to say (sometime down the future) that I knew Chris Wood, the next Stephen King, when he was just a broke blogger having the time of his life πŸ˜‰

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    1. LOL… Thanks Jade. I don’t think I’ll ever be the next Stephen King, but that’s an impossibly high bar to reach. At this stage I’d settle for “Your story doesn’t totally suck. I think we’ll publish it.”

      And one of the best things about writing is being able to meet and work with incredible talents like Jade M. Wong. πŸ™‚

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      1. Aww shucks, thank you for the very flattering compliment πŸ™‚ I understand what you mean about settling for “We’ll publish your not-sucky story”, but it’s also good to have a high bar so you’re constantly challenging yourself and improving. For you, it shall be Stephen King. For me, it shall be J.K. Rowling πŸ˜‰

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  5. one question – was that a Guinness or ale? Nice to visit your page from Sunday Photo Fiction, I too enjoyed reading your stories that would not normally attract me, but the challenge brings the stories and I suddenly find writers like yourself whose stories I do like too! Happy to have found your site!

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