I have been writing so much in my spare time that it became difficult to distinguish between good and bad – I could write utter crap one time and something compelling in another.

As daily practice became the norm, so did the need for structure: a set of rules that I should follow to make the most of my writing.

Recently, I shared them with someone close and it made me think: why do I keep it to myself? What value is there to hoard everything in my head? I can show the world how I think. Others may need it. Opportunity may come that way.

Welcome to the Tempered Fables, my name is N.T. Cloever. Come, sit by the fire; Let me tell you a story.

Tempered Fables

I love this word. Narrator.

The first image that comes to mind is the Hundred Acre Wood, with John Cleese’s warm voice narrating the introduction.

This could be the room of any small boy, but it just happens to belong to a boy named Christopher Robin. Like most small boys, Christopher Robin has toy animals to play with, and they all live together in a wonderful world of make-believe. But his best friend is a bear called Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh, for short. Now, Pooh had some very unusual adventures, and they all happened right here in the Hundred-Acre Wood.

Narrator

It’s meant to be a children’s show. For kids. With a narrator like that, anyone can enjoy it! I love looking back at WInnie the Pooh cartoons sometimes. They’re just so wholesome.

But let’s get back to John Cleese’s role, ie. the voice behind the story.

Why is he there? If his voice didn’t exist, could we still the enjoy the show?

Actors are the same whether on or off-screen: there’s a character in their heads, and they must perform it. For those on stage, there are cameras and an audience looking. For voice actors, there’s the producers, directors, and others in the recording studio.

I wish I knew these things before diving into the voice acting world. Something fun became an obsession, and now it’s something highly involved with my life. These apply even if there isn’t a microphone at the ready:

Speeches make and move the world. They are performances: tests for any man, woman and child to show their conviction. They need to, in order to move the crowd. They want to, because that is who they are.

When you do a speech, you’re not speaking to one person. You speak to nations. You speak to markets. You speak to voices of their own. You speak to the lives, burdens and emotions of people.

What do you sound like?

I re-wrote some of my posts recently. Either that I forgot, or that I never knew, but it never occurred to me that non-fiction was much more than vomiting all this knowledge you have on paper. Maybe I forgot how I talked, or how I sound like even. Did you find your voice?

There is style, tone, and all that jazz. There are personal stories, variety in sentence lengths, and formatting.

It’s the same as fiction-writing, albeit with a different flavour. Fiction is more about imagination, while non-fiction is more about understanding. The best writing uses both.

I follow a few bloggers that inspire me, not only in what they know (and they definitely know a lot!), but also in how relatable they are. They seem just like friends, or better yet, strangers that you have a small chat with when passing by on the street.

But these are the kinds of strangers that say something meaningful each time you talk to them. They last in your memory.

That feeling is the core of what I want to do: to write with that level of personality, and to write as natural and raw as them. So, I recorded the feeling.

If you want to learn how to write naturally, look no further: I wrote this for myself, and now it’s for you.

The point of my writing is to make things easy for people to understand. That means that I can’t use over-the-top words, and I can’t drone on for too long when explaining something.

I’m not trying to be lecturer, I just want to be a friend. I want to be the smart guy in the conversation who can teach you something over a few beers.

Let’s down them and here we go: