Finding my voice
July 16, 2013
By Nitin Shyamkumar
When I joined The Beat just about a year ago, I had an entirely different vision for what I’d be doing and for the significance of what I’d be writing about. I imagined research heavy articles in a style as formal as that used in high school papers. But I didn’t end up doing that at all. Instead, my articles became far more personal than I’d imagined, changing my original goal.
While I originally imagined having a voice in my community, what actually happened was something much more personal. The process of writing for The Beat turned out to be far more for my own sake than for the sake of expressing my voice in my community.
If there’s one weakness in school literature and English classes, it’s the absence of practicing the personal narrative and independent creative writing. I found that writing for The Beat encouraged the sort of questions that provoked me to think in a manner different from the analytical approach for most school work.
At least for me, writing for The Beat wasn’t about expressing my own voice. It was about finding my own voice to express. Finding a “writing personality” and a distinctive voice, which wasn’t something I was accustomed to.
If I’m honest, I’m not sure what I truly intended to gain when I started with The Beat. But, I do know that what came out wasn’t purely greater analytical skill — it was a greater awareness of all aspects of writing, and more importantly, how much I have to learn.