A response to Christian Mihai

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Finding your voice; learning to write authentically.
from christianmihai.net
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Before I dive into my response, check out this excerpt from the full piece:

-Christian Mihai

The full piece can be viewed here:

http://nmihai.net/2020/11/23/who-the-fk-is-cristian-mihai/


My response

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this blog post. It’s only 1500 words, and you will probably question whether it’s worth reading once or twice while reading it, but you will hardly be aware that you’re questioning it until afterwards because there is a certain rhythm to the author’s writing. The writer, himself, directly references his belief that good writing has rhythm, and I would argue that he demonstrates this in his own piece. I would add that the author does a great job of self-editing, something he also addresses in the piece, given the resulting directness of his approach.

This blog-post is a bit long as far as blog-posts go, yet strong in impact and design. This directness is a breath of fresh air in a sea of peoples, including myself, trying to find their voices. I think this is part of the reason I started blogging. Thank you, Christian Mihai, whoever the f$#k you are, for finding power in your writing.

I am going to go out on a limb and argue right here, right now, without providing any evidence (which pretty much goes against everything I’m being taught as a PhD student), that finding authenticity in the expression of one’s own voice -and in this case the writer’s cadence- has the power to stir action in the reader.

I will continue to explore the ideas expressed in this piece, and if you can forgive me, I will take a moment here to address the author, himself, one more time:

Thank you, Christian Mihai. Without knowing much about you, I feel comfortable making an observation while offering you some compliments along the way. Your commitment to being authentic in your writing is palpable. I admire that. For what its worth, your writing had a strong enough impact on me to urge me to write and publish this response piece in the wee hours of the morning.

Christian Mihai: your commitment to being authentically you is… meaningful.

Check out Christian’s website: christianmihai.net. Being that I am writing this piece in response to his stirring blog post, I highly suggest reading it.

Gerry Sheahan, @gTronnArts thewinedarkseawithin.me

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