Vocal Lessons'

I fell in love with karaoke whilst living in Japan a few years ago.  A few sakes' and a microphone will magically transform you into a global superstar, it's all very empowering!  I can stand up on a small stage and unashamedly belt out my version of Robbie William's "Angel’s” to a room of complete strangers, never mind that it sounds like a cat being strangled...trying to claw its way out of an overturned bucket.  On a weekly basis I would traipse down to my local karaoke bar with a dear friend and we would have the entire place to ourselves - to practise.  I screeched through my fair share of J.Lo and Madonna numbers before realising Robbie Williams and U2 were more 'my thing'!  Of course, my dear friend could belt out Whitney and Celine numbers without batting an eyelid.  She's a talented lady!

So whilst I know what my vocal limitations are for singing, I am only just beginning to recognise what my own true voice is in my writing.   There are numerous posts out there about finding your own voice and practising. Sound advice.  Yesterday, I felt like 'Sybil', there were so many different voices inside my head, I didn't know which one to listen too.  Today, however its clearer...I know my voice.  I just need to refine it.  And, let me just say - if I can't get this darn chapter one in a happy state soon...I am off to the nearest karaoke bar!  Who's with me?


  1. Hi there,
    Thanks so much for signing on at my blog. In return I'm here to take a look at yours. First off, I see you lived in Japan. My wife is Japanese and I've been there several times. I'm sure you saw some photos.
    Second, I like what I see here, if you don't mind, I'm going to tag along! I'm an "aspiring scribe" myself...
    thanks again!

  2. Hi Pat,
    Thanks so much for posting. I loved the photos on your blog, they transported me back to Japan in an instant. I am at the start of a journey...or should that be crusade? ;) Please do tag along, the more the merrier.

  3. Awesome!! ;) Hi Talli, thanks for posting and congrats again on your wonderful publishing news!

  4. Talei,
    I admire anyone brave enough to get up in front of an audience and sing. It's good practice for the time when you get to do booksignings and public speaking gigs. It may not be this year, but you never know!

    Just keep writing and share some excerpts with us. The more you write the more confidence you build up. Your voice will naturally occur. You may imitate your favorite authors at first, but you will find the way to writing your first book, then your second book, and so on.

    Oh, and remember that writing, like karaoke, is FUN! :)

  5. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks so much for posting, and for such great words of encouragement! Congrats on your novels, I scouted through your blog earlier. ;)

    I hadn't thought of my favourite authors voices come through my own voice but that's a great point to be aware of.

    I will definitely try to keep the fun in writing, and the karaoke! ;)


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