What is your writing voice and why do you need it?
Your writing voice is:
- your style
- your flare
- what separates you from other writers
It is the expression of your personality on the page and is ultimately what will connect your readers to you.
Okay, so how do you find it?
There is not a sure-fire way to find your voice.
There are no step-by-step instructions that you can follow and there is no final answer.
Your voice is mutable and meant to be constantly developed over time.
As you continue to find yourself, you will continue to find new aspects of your voice.
Like life, your voice development is a long journey with winding roads, pit-stops and lessons to be learned.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself along the way
1.) What do I like to write?
Take a look at the pieces that you have written so far.
Are there any patterns that you see?
Consider what you tend to write about.
What you enjoy writing about is a piece to the puzzle that is your writing personality.
2.) What do I like to read?
We are heavily influenced by what we read.
If you could use a plagiarism system to cross your writing with everything that you’ve ever read, I can almost guarantee that your screen would light up with similarities.
This isn’t to say that your ideas aren’t your own.
We cannot imagine things that we have not come into contact with or experienced in some way.
All of this to say that looking back through your favorite books and shows can help you pinpoint your writing voice.
3.) Who am I as a person?
Much like how pieces of what we read bleed into our writing, so do pieces of our personality.
So who are you?
What are your interests, your likes, your dislikes?
Try describing yourself in three words
4.) Who am I as a writer?
Let yourself go.
You don’t have to invest hours a day free writing. In fact, the less time you spend writing, the less you will think about what you are writing and why.
Take a little time at the end of the month to look over your imaginative shorts and see what commonalities you find when you let your mind wander.
One last parting tip
Enjoy the ride.
You voice will build organically over time.
And when it does, you will be a force to be reckoned with.