Finding Aaron Sorkin’s (and your own) Voice
My recent post, “Finding Your Authentic Voice” received more responses than anything I’ve written in months. Now, there’s a great montage of clips from Aaron Sorkin’s many major films and tv series that deals very much with the question, “What is one’s “voice”? (See: http://bit.ly/LMryRF )
The montage focuses amusingly on how many lines, expressions, questions, etc. Sorkin uses over and over his different works. Those who don’t like Sorkin’s work can point to these as a failure of inventiveness; those who do like it can point out that repetition is one of the things that proves one has a voice. Repetition is one of the ways we recognize that a work is by a particular painter, composer, sculptor – and writer. What is style if not repetition? Or character?
What we want others to do is recognize us, that is to say re-cognize us, to see the patterns in what and how we say and do things. Aaron Sorkin demonstrates how much of our style and signature – our “voice” is to be found in what we do over and over again.