New writers are often given the advice to find their voice. But what is a writing voice? And how do you find one?
Your voice is the way you infuse your own style, personality, perspective and opinion into your writing. It’s your trademark. It’s what makes your writing consistent and unique to you.
At some point in your career, you may need to learn how to adapt your voice and make it fit a new audience. Or you may need to develop your voice so that it’s unique and exclusive to something only you can write. With these tips, you’ll be able to find and grow your writing voice from wherever it is now.
4 Ways to Develop a Unique Writing Voice
You know when you get stuck with a billion ideas in your head, but you can’t figure out how to get them onto the paper? Laura Davis wants you to know that isn’t writer’s block – it’s just that you haven’t found your voice yet. Follow her four tips for discovering your distinctive writer’s voice.
10 Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice
Jeff Goins believes that every blog needs to have a voice that is unique and exclusive. It’s all well and good to say that you need a voice, but how do you find it? Jeff walks you through 10 tangible steps you can take to discover your writing voice.
Tips for Creating Voice in Your Writing
Beth Lewis, novelist and editor, shares her advice for not only developing your voice as an author but for developing the voice of your characters. If you’re writing stories with characters, this is a must read. Beth’s advice? “Be yourself. Don’t try to write like someone else, it’ll sound fake.”
10 Questions to Find Your Unique Writing Voice
Joe Bunting tells us that your voice isn’t just style and isn’t just tone – it’s about your unique perspective. Ask yourself these 10 questions, about your worldview and how you see people, and watch your writing voice develop right in front of you.
5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice
Jennifer Louden shares that your writing voice tells the world, “this is who I am and this is what I care most about.” It’s your singular way of looking at things and, without it, your writing may be bland or inconsistent. Try out Jennifer’s tips for investigating what your perspective is and finding your voice.
If you had to describe your ideal writing voice in one word, what would be? Let me know below and share any other tips you have for writers to find their voice.
This blog post on developing your writing voice is an incredibly valuable resource for aspiring writers. It’s inspiring to hear from successful authors who have honed their craft over many years and have developed their unique voices in the process.
I particularly appreciated the tip from Roxane Gay about embracing your quirks and idiosyncrasies. So often, we try to conform to what we think is expected of us, whether it’s in our writing or in our personal lives. But it’s those unique qualities that make us stand out and draw readers to our work.