One of the topics that seems to be a hot question right now is about something called writer’s voice. It sounds a lot scarier than it really is, and many people think they have to change WHO they are in order to have a strong writer’s voice.
This is NOT true!
Consider this statement: Your voice is not just how you write but who you are.
So, let me ask you a few questions today. Who are you? What gets you worked up? What motivates you? Where do you find inspiration? What are your dreams? What do you want your life to look like 5, 10, or 20 years from now?
When you write, your work has pieces of you woven all throughout it. And it should. It is authentic and personal to you. This, my friends, is what is referred to as your writer’s voice.
Here are five tips for helping you discover your writer’s voice, if you are still concerned:
- Know yourself. Have you ever been in the company of friends or coworkers and not spoken up because you haven’t felt quite sure about your own feelings related to the topic? Spend some time getting to know yourself and what makes you tick.
- Be yourself. If you try and write in a foreign persona, it is going to go downhill fast!
- Stick to the topic when writing. Keep focused on your main point and use relevant examples to drive your point home.
- Experience life. It is hard to write about things in which you have no personal knowledge and experience. Organize a picnic for you and your friends, or volunteer with a cause that is near and dear to your heart.
- Write in a journal each day. Imagine you are speaking with a friend on the phone, or over a cup of herbal tea. Remain conversational in tone.
Question: Have you struggled or been successful with finding your writer’s voice? Please join the discussion.