In order to have a successful ghostwriting or freelance writing career, blog, or book, your writer’s voice is crucial to cultivate. Without a truly unique writers voice, you will end up producing plain, lifeless and boring articles which no one will want to read. Who in their right mind would want that?
Whoever your reader’s are, you need to give them strong personality, uniqueness and tastefulness so they can relate, but also enjoy what they’re reading. Typically, if they enjoy your writing, they’ll come back for more. And that is certainly what we’re trying to achieve.
So what exactly is this “writing voice” I’m talking about and how do you get it? Let’s discuss.
When I think of “voice,” several things come to mind such as people you know with awkward, strange, deep or high-pitched voices. This is similar to what I’m referring to. Since no one is actually able to hear a blog, those voice traits need to come through to the reader’s eyes, so they can perceive your personality.
Personally, being from Texas I certainly have a southern draw. In order to convey that in my writing, it would throw all sorts of red flags in my spell check and it would probably make it go haywire. Additionally, most people may not understand it either. So, you still have to be careful when putting your voice out there and use some caution.
Now, let’s talk about how you can give a voice to your writing. Here are four paths to finding it!
Find the Flow: Something that helps in order to find your flow, is giving yourself about three minutes and simply write down as much as you can in that allotted time. For some reason, the time crunch in combination with focusing on quantity produces really exceptional and personality-filled works. So, get out those handy-dandy kitchen timers and get busy writing for the time allotted! Do not focus on censoring your thoughts or editing. Just let the pen and paper take you away.
Write in the same manner as you speak: Think about how you normally speak, to yourself and to others around you. Now, read something you’ve written, out loud, and ask yourself, “does this sound like me?” You may find that a lot of the time, you can answer “no” to this question. One thing you might try is recording what you’re saying. Then, transcribe your thoughts and ideas into writing and see where it takes you. Some of your quirky or insightful thoughts might not normally come out in your writing, but now you’ll be able to catch them and get ‘em into your prose.
Disregard Conventions: No matter what you have learned in the past, especially from school or from someone else’s preference, forget about it. Focus on what you want to say, how you want to say it and add what you think conveys your personality. Later on, it might not be a bad idea to reflect back on the things you have learned, however, if you want to capture your voice you must unlearn traditional methods and relearn about “you.” The only area you should really focus on is that your message is being carried out concisely and clearly.
You talk about what you know, right? Get busy writing about it! A really great way to find your voice is to write about things you like or are knowledgeable about. You’ll feel more freely to move about within your word structures because your knowledge will back you up. Whether it’s a movie review, a rant, a life story or an article, your writing voice will become apparent.
You may think that finding your writing voice may be difficult; however, if you’ll just write like you talk and remember these four paths, you’ll be on your way in no time. Just remember to be yourself and don’t write like someone else. Be unique and add your wonderful personality.
In your experience, do you have any tips that helped you find your own writing voice?