Okay, how does someone follow up a Tess Gerritsen blog and not look like a complete moron? It’s impossible! LOL!
I think some authors make the writing process look easy. Their words appear to flow effortlessly across the page, as though each syllable, each sentence had been sitting in a velvet-lined box just waiting to be released to the universe. You can spot these gifted writers anywhere. They have an easy confidence about them. Their advice to other writers carries a depth of wisdom that’s cloaked in such simplicity it makes you want to slap your forehead and say, “Duh! Now why in the hell didn’t I think of that?”
Tess is one of those gifted authors. Although she admits to struggling through the writing process sometimes like the rest of us, one gets the sense it’s to a far lesser degree. I liken it to playing the piano. Let’s say two people take up the keyboard. Both take lessons. One has a natural talent for the instrument, the other person doesn’t, he/she only has the desire to play. After a while, both gain the fundamental knowledge to play the same tune, but what the audience hears from the one with innate talent is richer in sound. Same song, same piano keys, different sound and reaction.
An author’s ‘voice’, how the rhythm of his or her words sound to our mind’s ear, is the keyboard to a book. That voice is usually what endears us to or repels us from an author. The richer and clearer the voice, the closer we’re drawn to it. I think that’s why Tess is where she is today. The strength and clarity of her voice, plus her innate talent draws readers to her. It’s got very little to do with fairy dust. It’s got everything to do with talent.
My writing voice on the other hand is coated with phlegm, and I’m still learning how to cough it up. Grant it, even when it does clear, I’ll never sound like Tess, or Natalie, or Jen, or any of the other wonderful writers here. I’ll always sound like. . . well, me. A little hoarse and slightly ‘off-key’. Of course that may mean I won’t make ‘Carnegie Hall’, but, hey, weirder things have happened, right? 🙂