So with fear out of the way, what kicked my butt in gear? I love to write and I want to do it well. Over the summer I attended IGHR in Birmingham, Alabama for the first time. Whoa! What an amazing experience. I attended Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. I learned, and learned, and learned some more. I learned that I wasn't as hot as I thought I was, and I learned how to get there--PRACTICE.
During one particular exercise Dr. Jones commented that two of the students' writing showed a clear and distinct voice--something we should all aspire to. These two students, Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell, had something in common--they wrote all the time. So this is me, subjecting the unsuspecting geneapublic to my opinions and ramblings in an attempt to better my writing and define my voice.
Hopefully you will benefit somewhere along the way.
P.S. Do you know who else has a great writing voice? Kerry Scott over at Clue Wagon. No really, she totally cracks me up.