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Integrating Your Voice

Written by on Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Filed Under: Sparks

What did the penguin steal and why?

Every answer will be unique, told in a different voice for each creator. We all have our own voices, blended together from our experiences. We can be inspired by others, and speak similarly, but just as musicians may cover a song, your voice is yours and yours alone. Just how to do you grow your voice and weave it into your creations though?

Your voice is comprised of various facets of communication. Your tone, pitch, cadence, volume, language, audience, motivation, context, and relevance all play different parts to bring your voice to life. Tone, pitch, cadence, and volume all help your voice to fill depth and meaning into what you’re conveying. What emotions are you trying to elicit? What’s the significance and importance of what you’re trying to convey. Think of it this way; you presumably use different language and tone when talking to a family member than compared to a teacher, or a cashier, or a friend, or a server, or a police officer. Different audiences engage best with different voices. It’s up to us as creators to integrate what we want to convey into our creations and do it in such a way that it creates context and relevance to those that consume your works.

If you want to go down the academic route to break this down, it’s all about being critical:

  • Critical Thinking: What do you want to share?
    • How a penguin went about stealing; let’s say a fish.
  • Critical Editing: What resonates with your audience?
    • The classic story beats: A thief, a heist, a chase, consequences, and some resolutions.
  • Critical Communicating: How do you best connect with your audience?
    • A story of a wise-cracking penguin, who steals fish from seals to prove that it’s better than them. Make it a rockhopper penguin, as it has a bit of personality to it in images.

Different creators will take entirely different routes to use their voice and convey their story to an audience. It’s all about what your motivation and passions are in regards to what you’re trying to convey. Share your passions; convey your interests. Understand that context and relevancy instigates engagement. Both tend to be found in passion. In emotion. In answering the question of “why should I care about a kleptomaniac penguin?” Because I as a creator care about the penguin, and want you to care to. Because I’m passionate about penguins and their road to reform from fish-napping from a seal cartel trying to corner the market on tuna.

As a great man told a captive audience that I was a part of, “The key to happiness is in the pursuit of virtuous activity.” John Rhys Davies. He encouraged all of us present to pursue happiness through our creativity. And who am I to argue with Professor Arturo, Sallah, and Gimli. Talk about a man of many voices.

We are communicators. We start a dialog with our creations and that dialog grows and evolves with our audience. Share who you are in your creations and your dialogue will come alive with your audience. If you’re passionate, your voice will convey your story as engagingly as possible. So share your voice with us. Go be creative.