Food For Thought

foodHave you ever thought about how to write better? How to use the writer and reader’s voice accordingly? Well, this won’t teach you any of that however, this will give you food for thought.

You have questions (that pertain to writing) and don’t have answers, right? now go find examples that breed your questions and write about it. In time, you should identify why a piece of writing can evoke the feelings, thoughts and questions it does.

There are a plethora of  writing tactics to employ in every day writing.  Begin by simply asking yourself, who am I writing this for? But do not answer before you first learn about the dissolution of the author.

Imagine a man sitting at his desk, reading this blog out loud to his friend. The listener is propositioned by the man reading. The subject, in this blog, is in fact the person reading as well as the listener. In this way, the author is able to dissolve his  voice (by writing) -and solidify it when the blog is read- by the reader.

Sort of like writing a book, dying and resurrecting when it’s read. (Sound familiar?)

The first person style can be employed in mysterious ways.

For example, this sentence: Maybe, I will never know what happened to my dog? was written in first-person. By reading it, you have become the subject in part of the author who wrote it.

Lets say, I write a brainwashing piece entirely in first person. You will read it out loud and my voice will tell you what to believe. You will most likely say, “this guy is crazy I don’t believe any of that” therefore, you perceived it in the first and then second-person. Later, you then tell your friend what you read. You are then reciting the literature in the third-person.  What does this tell you about writing?

This tells me how powerful and mysterious writing can be. It relies heavily on its’ narrative position to convey meaning. It also tells me, second and third-person accounts are almost, always mythical. That is to say, it only exist if it’s actually read.

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound? What if that tree was used to make a book and no one was there to read it, does it make an impact? There is no literary witness for the book. So, it’s unsound till it’s read, right?

The writer will choose the voice, the reader will find it and the listener will receive it. A good writer orchestrates that process by assuming the role of the first, second and third person. From a third- person’s perspective, who does this blog address and inform? (try rereading this blog with the question in mind)

That’s correct, it is addressing the listener and informing the pretentious reader who is the catalyst for the message. Simultaneously, the reader can deliver the message to the listener (the other) and his “self”.

Here are the issues of each person…

First-person proses’ include the author and reader’s active voice; therefore, the listener believes the reader is narrating because the narrator’s voice can only be revived through the reader, who is ascribed as author.

Second-person, also include the author and reader’s active voice but the listener believes the reader is inactive. Thus, the narrator’s voice is passive and ascribed to the reader.

One could argue whether a third-person’s voice is active or not. Sure enough, the narrator is talking through the characters, who are talking to the reader, who is talking to the listener thus, the indigenous narrator has dispersed only to be transcribed.

Now how can we take advantage of this vague system of narrative and be artistic with it? I will leave that up to you.


One response to “Food For Thought

  1. Content: 3.5 This is fascinating, although not entirely connected to journalism. Still, it’s good to see you philosophizing on the narrative voice and the power of the author. Journalists do think about these issues, mostly when they are writing feature articles, but also in conceiving multimedia stories.
    Links: 3
    Grammar: 2 You need to work on punctuation. How you punctuate changes how your reader reads what you write. It’s like traffic signals. If you offer the wrong signals, everything gets tied up. I can give you exercises if you want or we can review this post as a starting point.
    Watch other small errors, too.

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