Easily Find Success with Your Writing Voice

Oct 26, 2016, Issue #121

 Read on for
   *  Our next 3 public events
   *  a tip about YOUR writing voice, 
   *  and a quick Video. 

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

Don't you hate spam emails ? 

99.9% of the time, they interrupt whatever
I'm busy with. 

Hustling stuff I'd never want, those annoying
emails ought to be outlawed.  

Except that occasionally one of those pests
makes me laugh.

Like this: Today one invaded my inbox with
a note that read, in part,

"...Our company creates unique blog articles
that will match your voice, have a direct appeal
to your audience and contain a link to one of
our clients...  If you have any questions about
the articles that we can provide for your site,
please feel free to get in touch..."

Ha!  Well, thanks for asking, but I don't want
to help market one of your mystery clients.  

But, hoo-boy, would I have some questions
about the rest of your claim.

Here's just a few:  How in the world could you
hope to match my voice?  Can you read my mind? 
Can you figure out what I'd like to say?  And how
I'd say it?  And can you transcribe it, including
everything that matters?

Good luck with that.  I've been speaking most
of my life and writing most of that time, too. 
For years I've been struggling to write the way
I speak.  It's not so easy.

Really?  Not so easy?  

Right.   Like most of us, when I speak my tone
of voice is a symphony of rushes and pauses,
swoops and jumps, expressive rises and drops,
dramatic gestures and nods, all emphasizing
whatever point I'm making.

So when I write, I try to mimic the same kinds
of expressive gymnastics.  This means LOTS of
practice and LOTS of re-writes.

When my writing voice is finally on target,
I can read my writing aloud and it'll sound
just like my speaking voice.  

And when my friends read my writing voice,
they'll hear me talking right to them, like we're
having our own little face-to-face conversation.

The result?  What I'm saying comes across
loud and clear.

So Here's That Tip I Mentioned:  

When YOU write something, read it aloud.  
That's how I test my writing voice.  Try it yourself.

Why am I telling you this?

My Writing Voice reminds me of my band's music. 
Just like our speaking voices, we use our pitch,
tempo, rhythm, and pacing to make our music
expressive, to create the mood we're aiming at.

Listen to this musical "conversation" whenever
you have a chance to hear us in action.

We're always ready for YOUR next party.
So the next time you or a friend 
are looking for
upbeat, elegant music played the way you want, 
preview us at our next public event:  

Where can you can catch us?  Here: (see details below)

Sunday, October 30, 11:00am-2:00pm,
"Wedding Faire", 
Nella Terra Cellars, 5003 Sheridan Rd, Sunol

Thursday, November 3, 6:00-9:00pm,
"Soup Kitchen Dinner" benefit party, 
Bellarmine H.S., 850 Elm St , San Jose

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-7:30pm,
Annual Gala for "SF Bay Area NACE", 
The Green Room (SF War Memorial/Perf Arts Center),
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Caterer? Wedding or Event Planner? Bride? Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll  hear the
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.


Meanwhile, here's my 2012 story about "my writing voice".
Read the rest of the story in my blogpost from that day.

Let's chat soon.  


Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  

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