Jim Murray en beBee in English, Entrepreneurs, Bloggers Writer, Communcation Strategist, beBee Brand Ambassador • Onwords & Upwords Inc 15/11/2016 · 3 min de lectura · 3,7K

The Writer’s Voice. A Work In Progress

The Writer’s Voice. A Work In ProgressThe older you get the faster the time goes. It sounds like a lamentation, but if you get to a certain age like me and you’re still quite healthy, you start to look at life a little differently.

The Lucky Bastard Principle

You start to think, man, I’m one lucky bastard, especially when you consider all the great creative people lately who are checking out in their late 60s and early 70s.
Since writers tend to reflect a lot of the stuff that collides with them daily the results can sometimes lead readers to believe that the writer is perhaps a little depressed. That sort of happened to me last yearThe Writer’s Voice. A Work In Progress
Let me answer that by saying that I have no idea what depression feels like. But I do know a lot about what I feel inside my head. Because that’s where my office is.
What people tend to think of as depression in other people, may very well not be that. First of all when people are truly depressed, it’s quite unlikely that you would hear from them at all.
Also, depression is a very serious mental health issue and a physical ailment. But it’s one of those words that people use instead of asking someone if they are pissed off or lacking iron in their system or some other minor condition.
There are a lot of words like that: amazing, radical, awesome, excellent, dynamic etc. These words have been overused to the point where their meaning is lost.
Trust me, when I tell you that the last thing I would be doing if I were depressed is sitting here explaining the misuse of the word.

Balls To The Wall

I have always been pretty hard core in my personal writing. No matter what I was writing: lyrics, short stories, poetry, screenplays or blogs, a lot of it is pretty blunt. But that’s my choice. It is the voice I feel most comfortable speaking in.

Voice Modification

Over the past several months, I have started to notice my voice changing.
And like anyone who is confronted with change, be it internally generated or externally directed, there is a tendency to rebel and rage against the change, even though you are in charge of it, and going with the flow would be much easier.
But that is not the case here. In fact it’s quite the opposite.

BeBee…A Change For The Better

Moving my blogging headquarters to beBee and leaving LinkedIn Pulse behind has been a real change for the better for me, because for most of 2015 a lot of the stuff I was doing was kinda bitter and twisted and that really was dictated by the repressed environment in which I (and a lot of other writers) found myself in.
Today, this change is clear in my head. And I am pretty much all about working my new voice and stretching ti this way and that to see what happens.

Blogging Is Fun Again

The Writer’s Voice. A Work In ProgressI’ve been writing for more than 50 years. And writing professionally for about 40. During the course of that time, writing was never difficult for me.
I suppose you could say I'm very lucky, in that I never really had to suffer for it.
I’ve never had writer’s block. It has never caused me to become ill in any way. Writing has been basically a companion for me. Something that has kept me out of a lot of shit I could have gotten into otherwise.
And this is not the first change that I have gone through. There was one other major change. And that was the one that took me from a mad scribbler of unfocused blank verse to a writer of much more structured pieces, which, in turn gave me the discipline to write short stories, screenplays, even a bad novel.
But this change is different. It’s much less jarring. And what makes it that way is the environment I have managed to create here on beBee combined with all the support that writers get here in general.
I’m privileged to know quite a few good writers here on beBee and still on LinkedIn. They have influenced me, entertained me and moved me in countless ways.
@Phil Friedman, @Kevin Pashuk, @Don Kerr, @Jesse Kaelis, @John White, @Matt Sweetwood, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @Chas Wyatt, even @Randy Keho, Ian Mirlin, Bob Hoffman, @Graham Edwards, @Renee Cormier to name but a few.
For writers, the people you read are as much a part of who you are as a writer as the writing you do. And if course, the voice you speak to the world in.
One of the other changes I am going though is leaving the city I have called home since 1969.
Hopefully, it provides me with lots of new stimulation in a less crowded and noisy environment.
I’m not sure it will change my voice. But I’m also not sure it won’t. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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The Writer’s Voice. A Work In Progress


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Amber Christian 21/11/2016 · #29

#27 I will check them out- thank you!

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Jim Murray 20/11/2016 · #28

#23 Thanks David. We're very excited about this move and hoping to get it done before our hard core winter sets in. Time will probably continue to move swiftly, but I intend to make the most of it. Fortunately my family is of the hardy Scottish Highland breed, who live a long time. Let's hope I benefit from that.

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Jim Murray 20/11/2016 · #27

#25 I have published a lot of advice posts, Amber. I got a bit distracted this year with trying to save America from itself. But I have slacked off and gone back into something more useful. You can access these posts at https://www.bebee.com/publisher/@jim-murray

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Jim Murray 20/11/2016 · #26

#24 I am looking forward to moving We talk about it a lot. It's just time. My sister in law remarked that we would enjoy the slower pace of life. I think she's right. But, I'll tell you right now, I have absolutely no intention of 'mellowing out'.

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Amber Christian 20/11/2016 · #25

Ah- 5 decades of writing. As a relatively new author (at least publishing online), I thank you for your honesty and candor. Keep the prose coming! I am always curious to hear from where you draw your inspiration to write? Any tips for those of us newer to writing?

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli 20/11/2016 · #24

It is strange how ''There is time'' changes to ''Where is Time?'' so fast Jim! I am already feeling the time pinch just on the verge of fifty. So much to learn.. to change, so much to do...how? when? and thank you and all that! Sort of a crisis it is i fear! Lookin at you ol hombres (and I mean ALL seniors), reading you talk about life and experiences, about your priorities, sensing both innocence and wisdom that has borne the brunt of very many years, i understand how valuable these words and insights are. Laced with wit and the rest of it. For they answer questions and inspire too. Mellowing down doesn't mean one gets maudlin. It only means one is more loving, forgiving and understanding. Talkin about moving (one doesn't always need Axlax for a smooth move ;) I guess you won't be feeling too boxed in for long. You are again ''outta the box'' once you unpack! :) Cheers for beers!

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David Navarro López 20/11/2016 · #23

I like your buzz from A to Z, and feel identified with it. When you say "The older you get the faster the time goes" I know exactly the feeling, and believe me, since some time I am wondering why. Maybe is because with the age comes experience, and you learn there are so many things you still did not do and want to do, so time seems to shrink. Concerning to depression, I admit I never had the feeling I had this illness, so I conclude I have never been, even if many of my surroundings thought I had reasons for it. I don't deny depression exists, is a real illness, but I seriously doubt there are so many depressive people around. I suspect that some use the term depression as an excuse not to work hard on themselves, although this is something I've always kept in my thoughts.
Much of luck with your change of residence. I have done such a change recently (From Spain to Germany), and although I was afraid at first term I was not going to adapt, well, here I am, alive and kickin'.
Above all, I am happy you chosen Bebee as you HQ, so I can enjoy your lines.

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Jim Murray 17/11/2016 · #22

#21 Thanks @Mohammed A. Jawad. Bard....I like it.

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