Finding Your Voice as a Writer 

 March 2, 2021

So, you know you’re a writer ... now what? The next step is: finding your voice.

Finding your voice? What does that even mean?

I’m sure you’ve heard this popular quote before:
 

“Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you.” - Dr. Seuss

It’s a lovely quote, no doubt about that.

But actually, this concept is applicable to writing as well. When it comes to writing, every writer has a unique voice (or a unique way of writing).

The voice refers to a writer's style - it reflects how they really talk and communicate. It includes words and phrases they love and tend to use a lot.

For example, you may have noticed that I have a very positive style of writing.

I avoid using the negative words like "I can't." Instead of saying: "I can't wait until this book comes out," I'll say: "I'm so excited for this book to come out!"

So, how do you find your voice?

To find your voice and bring your writing to the next level, I recommend these three practices:
 
  • Discover your ‘WHY' -- Figure out why you’re writing. What’s your purpose or passion? Your writing is going to sound a lot different if your goal is to teleport your readers into a fictional world versus if your goal is to instruct/teach your audience. For example, I write because I want to help children feel empowered and confident, so I use a lot of encouraging and uplifting language!
 
  • WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! -- The more you write, the stronger your voice will become. You’ll learn what you like, what you don’t, and how to get the message across in your own unique way.
 
  • Get an Outside View -- What I mean is, ask a friend if there are words or phrases you use all the time. Or, record yourself talking about a topic naturally and make notes about words that crop up over and over. Or, if you have produced a lot of written content, look back on your work to discover recurring styles.
If you do these three things, you’ll be sure to find your voice and make your writing stand out from the crowd.

Still not feeling confident? Last week I wrote a blog post all about feeling worthy as a writer. If you missed it, you can find it here.

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