A writer finding the voice they want to write in is one of the hardest things a writer has to do. Most of the writing courses I have taken in Grand Valley have stressed the importance of finding your voice and I've even taken a Style and Technique class almost completely focused on analyzing voice. My classes have very much prepared me for finding the voice and knowing who my audience is to best prepare my writing for the situation.
Writing for App to Succeed, there is a fairly large target audience. While the program is directed towards teens ages 16-19, it is important to take different things into consideration. For example, every teen’s financial background will be different and their background knowledge about personal finance will differ. So, the information needs to be presented in an interesting way to all parties involved and be applicable to everyone. Also, parents can see the information their child is receiving and there is even content more directed toward them.
Thus far, my greatest challenge in terms of writing for Grand Rapids Magazine has been learning how to write documents that fit with the standards of the publication. Katz briefly discussed this in the reading, but I’ve found there has been no immediate way to overcome this problem. It will take time for me to learn AP style and the conventions that go along with it; this mainly stems from the fact that much of my work writing articles is a long process.
What has been your biggest challenge in this regard? How were you able to overcome it? Did your courses help you prepare for this challenge? Discuss how your supervisor has assisted you in this matter.
I have most definitely faced this challenge being a new intern at Women's LifeStyle. When I first started writing fot he magazine in October, I met with Richelle, the editor in chief. She talked to me about the magazine and what she was looking for. She wanted someone to expand the "Eat Fresh, Eat Local" section by going around Grand Rapids and interviewing local business owners. We talked at length and brainstormed topics for the months ahead. When I left, I was assigned to writing about champagne.
Originally I did not think that blog writing would be much different than creative nonfiction or journalism or magazine writing. And it's not. But, the one reoccurring problem I have with writing these blogs is my small vocabulary. I would like to think that I actually do know a lot of words but after having written close to a dozen blogs that are all based on food, you run out of synonyms.
I've been thinking a lot about my writing identity for a while. I've been wanting to market myself as a writer who can do anything, but recently as I've been reading more books and articles and journals and things, I've come to find that everyone can do anything. What things make up your identity then? I've been thinking about it a lot. As a writing student we have to consider the nature of what we do, and the nature of how what we do will be perceived. In that case, many things that I might like to include on a portfolio really don't have a place.
I want to come across as creative and professional. That is related to how I describe myself as a writer. I want this portfolio website to document my writing and design skills because both are very important to me and make up my writing identity. This would include writing samples from documents such as whitepapers and documents from the writing document and design course, as well as my advertising copywriting course, where I had to design a campaign for a company.
For my film/video capstone I've had to create a website/portfolio so the fundamentals of creating a portfolio are done, I just need to add my most recent work. My current navigation includes my resume, design work, video projects, and photography. I would like to add writing samples but I'm not sure how to integrate that into the site in a organized and intuitive way. I most want to showcase my design skills, which is why it's the first link on the navigation bar and has the most samples.
Ideally, I would like to come across to my audience as myself. Socially aware, creative, funny and a little dark.
I think my audience is socially aware, looking for a good story, and wanting to feel something from those stories. I also think my audience is an adult one. I tend to write in the creative nonfiction genre and about rather dark topics and that type of writing is not what I usually see anyone under 18 really going for.