I used to spend a fair bit of time in regret about my writerly voice. I wished I had more poetic turns of phrase, better descriptive powers. Then I took a course with an author I have reason to trust, and for the most part let that go.
Simple language works, or so I’ve been told, provided it contains emotional truth and is written with a sincere heart.
I hope that’s accurate. It’s not like a have a ton of choice in the matter. I could work 24/7 until I died and never develop the quality of voice I tend to most admire.
If I begin to slip into despair, I watch videos like this one. They allow me to believe simplicity doesn’t have to represent a compromise, but a beautiful esthetic in its own right:
So I have two questions for you, one deep and one…not so much:
1. Are you wasting energy on what’s not within your control in your writing?
2. Does your writing voice reflect your decorating style? I ask because I’m looking around my home as I type this and know what? I prefer earth tones, hardwood floors, blinds, and furniture with simple lines. I am no more a rococo decorator than I am a rococo writer and I have to wonder: Am I the only person with demonstrable parallel between use of space in the home, and use of space on the page?