What a blissful period of time in my life when I thought this whole thing would be easy as pie. Turns out I was mistaken. I did not anticipate the challenges of transforming my blog into an advice column to be so difficult. Yes, that is the point of the project, to expand my horizons and test my creativity, but it is a lot more complicated than it seems. I discovered that when I was writing my advice column I was forcing a lot of things. I found myself embellishing… A LOT. I was forcing words and phrases in places that I really did not need them. This aspect of my writing reminded me of a lesson I learned in high school from the book “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. One of their rules was “Omit Needless Words.” Well it turns out I needed to revisit that lesson and do some thinking in how I was going to establish my voice.
I like to think I am funny sometimes and I think that is definitely prevalent in my writing style. I have not had many opportunities to write freely for non-academic purposes; therefore, my own voice really has the opportunity to shine through. I think that adding a bit of my sense of humor into my advice column will establish my tone for the piece. The way I see it, people don’t want to be told what to do, so if there looking for advice, the last thing I want to do is put readers through a boring list of do’s and don’ts. I have gained a lot of knowledge from my model source in the areas of structure and tone. In the advice column I have chosen to emulate, the author establishes her tone of voice and is consistent with her voice and sentence structure. I think that I am still trying to evaluate how I want my syntax to develop.
I did not incorporate too many new words or phrases into my first draft. I began the process writing what I researched and what I know, therefore it was very much dependent on my tone. There are still areas I hope to expand on from my first draft to my second and I am excited to continue the process!