You Have Your Story, Find Your Voice

August 21, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

The cover of Divine Traditions: Cameo Secrets by Megan Noelle

Have you had an experience so profound you just had to share it with others? Has a single event, or series of events over time inspired you to take what you’ve learned out into the world and make something of it?

I have definitely had such experiences, and not only want to spread the word to others, but also want to do it while they’re still young—to build a foundation for evolving toward their greatness before they are too swayed by life’s hardships to believe that it’s possible. And, so, Divine Traditions: Cameo Secrets was born.

Author Megan Noelle wrote Divine Traditions Cameo Secrets.

Discovering spirituality and conscious living took me from a place of doing okay to being excellent! It’s a huge leap that required a well-rounded mind-body psychology education, as well as hours and hours and hours of practicing the language of the lifestyle in addition to the new ways of thinking and doing. It’s a vast collection of virtues that were imbued in me over a long period of being fully immersed in them.

Was I reluctant toward some of it? Did I feel uncomfortable at times? Absolutely! And, I learned that that’s all part of the growing process. In fact, one of my stickiest lessons is that being in that uncomfortable place is the best place to be because it means I am growing. I am becoming aware that something is different—and, it’s up to me take it from there. Do I stay stuck, revert, or move forward with grace?

Author Megan Noelle's illustrations in Divine Traditions

A black and white illustration from Divine Traditions: Cameo Secrets

So, as a writer with a huge body of knowledge to share, it’s up to me to finesse this grand experience into a work I can share with others. This is where it gets personal. How do I do that? Not how does one, how do I?

Finding my voice, my style, my comfort zone is an ongoing process, just as I am an ever-changing being. In order to do my best, I must always be conscious of my own truths, and make sure they come through in my writing. For me, that means fiction—storytelling—not literary or historical. And to narrow it down even further, I go back to my original goal of wanting to share my lessons with a younger audience, and determine the best voice for me is young adult fiction. Perfect, I have a starting place. If it takes off from there, I’m all set; if it doesn’t feel right, I go back to the drawing board. (It also helps that I have always loved YA, but had felt too intimidated by the genre to give it a try until recently).

Now it’s your turn. What is your story? What are you bursting at the seams to put out into the world, and how are you going to do it? Non-fiction? Poetry? Photography? What thrills you? Start experimenting. When your process is truly natural, you won’t even be aware of choosing it. You’ll just do it because that’s who you are—and, when that happens, you have found your voice!

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Category: Contemporary Women Writers, On Writing, Spiritual Books by Women, US American Women Writers, Women Writing Fiction

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  1. Megan, thanks for sharing this guest post with us. The topic of finding one’s voice as a writer is always relevant, whether just starting out as a young woman, or reinventing ourselves through life’s changes.

    I was especially intrigued with your phrase: “hours and hours and hours of practicing the language of the lifestyle”. When we’re creating new paths, making our way through unknown territory, new languaging is involved. Your clear emphasis of how much it needs to be practiced hit home. “Practicing the language” works both with the actual use of words, and as a metaphor for the new ways of thinking, feeling and being that we are forging. – Anora

    • Megan Noelle says:

      Thanks, Anora. Language has always been very important me in many ways. In addition to studying English and several foreign languages, I’ve also always believed that thoroughly understanding and utilizing the language of any subject is crucial to fully understanding the subject. Every hobby, field of study, and even interpersonal relationship has its own unique jargon and usage policies, which must be mastered just as the craft, topic, or connection must be in order to fully find success in it.

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