Popular Posts

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Finding your own 'voice'


“I just believe that young people need to be able to learn how to write in their own voice. Just like a musician, you pride yourself on having your own distinct sound. – Terry McMillan

Born on this day, McMillan grew up in Michigan and earned a degree in English from UC-Berkeley before starting her writing career in her late 30s.  After modest success, she had a major breakthrough with the 1992 best-seller Waiting to Exhale, credited with contributing to a shift in Black popular cultural consciousness and the visibility of a female Black middle-class identity in popular culture.  

And while she drew on her own experiences for part of that book, it was the 1998 semi-autobiographical novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back that firmly cemented her writing as a force to be reckoned with.

Terry McMillan
Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists, and she says all of them reflect a part of herself, something she thinks all writers have incorporated into their work.  “Few writers are willing to admit (that) writing is autobiographical, but it mostly is.”


Share A Writer’s Moment by clicking on the g+1 link below.