To say that something is original is simply to say that we havent seen it before. Ive never seen a piece on this topic that sounds quite the same.
So if we want our writing to be unique, we have to communicate strong feelings. I think toilets are one of the hardest things to scrub in the bathroom because it is hard to get up around the rim. They are big, they are deep, and it is hard to get up around the sides.Strong Feelings, Honest Statements Expressing our individual personalities has a lot to do with expressing our feelings.Think about it: if everyone felt the same way about everything, wed all tend to do and say and think the same things; there wouldnt be much difference between one person and another, and our writing wouldnt be very different either. Scrubbing toilets, cleaning sinks, and washing bathtubs take up a lot of my time and are not fun at all. When youre scrubbing toilets make sure they are not stinky.If youre not interested in it, your audience probably wont be interested either.But how can you tell if a writer cares about the topic of a piece? First of all, she has chosen a topic from her life, something that she has to deal with on a regular basis.The writer of Chores certainly has no problem communicating her strong feelings. So because we cant question the writer, we have to question the writing. Sinks are one of the easiest things to clean in the bathroom because they have no rims and they are small. The bathtub is the hardest, I think, to wash in the bathroom. Cleaning my room is OK because I have to organize, and I like organizing. Does each statement make sense in light of all the others?The piece is packed with emotion in almost every sentence. Does the piece sound genuine, as though the writer really believes what shes saying? Dusting is the worst: dust, set down, pick up, dust, set down. Chores arent the worst but theyre definitely not the best! As I ask myself these questions, and examine the piece more closely, I think she is being honest here, and that her honesty is one of the things about this piece that I like best.Displays a Definite and Well Developed Personality Whenever I read something that has a lot of voice, I get the feeling that Im getting to know the person who wrote it just as if we were hanging out as friends. Im not getting to know the person, Im getting to know the personality that person is presenting through his or her words.In Chores, I feel like Im getting to know a frustrated little girl who has a pretty good sense of humor and, deep down, a reasonable attitude about doing her chores.I think Chores shows a lot of individuality and thats another important reason why its such a successful piece.Another important quality to look for in a writers voice is authenticity. Does it sound as though it was written by a real person, or does it sound phony, stilted, awkward? For example, writers often experiment with styles that are not their own, and this can be very successful if its done well. Does each part of the piece sound like it was written by the same person?