Easter's Lilly

Friday, June 10, 2011

Finding Your Voice

So Easter’s Lilly is on tour, virtually speaking. When I look back on my writing process, I do have to wonder why I didn’t think to go with a more traditional style when I wrote my novels. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fight and break up, boy and girl are reunited in the end and all is right with the world. No, not me. Not that I’ve every really been very traditional. I wrote the entire series in the first person, which is also not very mainstream and the story line is very “soapy” so to speak. I’ve had a few very young reviewers not understand it but pretty much most people of maturity really find it to be a crazy ride. I love my characters as though they were real people and can’t imagine my life without them now. 

Do I regret finding my voice and leaping out of the boat with an untraditional storytelling style? Not one bit. I have found that if you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. So if you’re a writer and your voice isn’t “traditional” or “normal,” follow your heart and continue to love what you write. Personally, I think as long as you love what you write; other people will love it too.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth


  1. Judy, I think it's wonderful that you ignored a "traditional" writing style and found your unique voice. So many novels have a cookie cutter approach: "If I put in this element and that, my story will appeal to readers of romance/mystery/add-your-genre." The finest literature arises from writers with the courage to strike out on a new path, surprising readers with story elements and prose that's singular. Bravo for going your own way!

  2. Thank you, Christine. I so appreciate your encouragement. I must admit that at first I had doubts. I had a friend who actually researched the YA market and then wrote his book accordingly. But I am glad I did it the way I did. It is such an enjoyable craft. I don't think I would love it as much if I followed someone else's lead.

  3. Love your background wall, Judy. And I agree with Christine. We are each individuals and finding one's true voice is one of the most important things in writing.

    Best of luck to both you young ladies with all your books.

    Hugs - Betty Dravis