Some of you may have watched the vocal competition called, The Voice, on TV. The aim of this programme is to discover new singing talent. The show is now so popular that it has been franchised throughout the world. The panel, who consist of some of the biggest names in music, also mentor the acts through to the final stages.
The gimmick of the show is that the initial auditions are held blind. By this I mean that the panel cannot see the acts, they can only listen to the acts sing. The reason being that at this stage the contestants go through to the next qualifying round, solely on the merit and originality of their voice.
This is where I stop trying to boost the viewing figures for this programme. I want to focus on one word and that word is, voice. It's a word that as writers we are familiar with. It's a word that is used to describe an author's writing style. But just as the competitors in the TV programme I mentioned need to make their performance their own, so do writers.
If we try to write in the same style as another author, the style is not our own. Whether the author is on the best seller list, originality for me is a key factor in good writing. What do you think?