What is Your Writer’s Voice?

April 17th, 2014

Woman with typewriter.Every writer has a voice – a natural style of writing. One way to describe a writer’s voice is to think in terms of musical artists. I may be aging myself because I would be hard-pressed to name an artist who is popular with today’s generation. But, I know that, for example, I always recognized an Earth, Wind, and Fire song or a song by Chicago. The reason is because those artists had a voice and over a period of time, I came to recognize their voice.

Just as with an artist, a writer has a voice. This voice is as natural as breathing and it’s a voice that’s unique to each individual. Just as an artist or musician must develop his trade or voice, a writer must develop his or her voice. As stated by Cris Freese, “To set your voice free, set your words free. Set your characters free. Most important, set your heart free. It is from the unknowable shadows of your subconscious that your stories will find their drive and from which they will draw their meaning. No one can learn that or teach you that. Your voice is your self in the story.”

Your voice is your natural style of writing. There is a traditional style that we follow based on what we’ve learned in the classroom, but having internalized the basic training, be careful to maintain your voice. It is your voice that sets you apart from all other writers. It is your voice that establishes your uniqueness. When writing, allow yourself to go outside of the lines.

One method of finding your voice is to sit down and begin writing. That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? For the moment, forget about all of the rules regarding grammar. Allow past, present, and future tense to take a short vacation. Just write.

After writing, you want to go back and read what you’ve written. Compare that with something that you’ve previously written. Does it sound like it was written by the same person? Which document feels more natural to you?

Once you find your voice, you want to develop it. Think about the musician. That natural talent did not reveal itself overnight. It took years of development. Writing is no different.

In my instance, the document that was just written sounded more natural to me. That was my writer’s voice. I had to correct some of the grammar, but the document just written was written from my heart. The previous document was grammatically correct, but it was also antiseptic and it didn’t stand out because it lacked my writer’s voice.

Remember, in writing, you don’t want to lose your voice. You want to stay true to yourself and you want to continue to write from your heart.

Are you carrying a story within you that is straining to be released? Would you like to travel this journey with me? I would love to hear from you.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

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