This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Honestly, it took me a long while. For years (and years), writing was quite simply about following rules. I didn’t realize that you avoided adverbs and used an active voice to give the story power. I think that first came to me when I started teaching. Being knowledgeable wasn’t enough. I had to be an entertainer. Kids would only learn if they wanted to. The way I presented the lessons was as important as the content.
Then, it clicked. That was true in my writing also. All those rules made the story interesting.
Once that cornerstone chunked into place, I moved on to voice. That’s a whole different discussion.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning