How Do You Find Your Writing Voice?

How Do You Find Your Writing Voice?

Writers Write is your resource for writers. In this post, we discuss how to find your writing voice.

Your writing voice is your writing personality. It is a unique, authentic and consistent writing style that belongs to you.

When you write in this voice, there is no pretence and your readers will be as comfortable as you are. They will gladly enter the worlds you create on the page. They will not feel as if they are reading; they will feel as if they are experiencing the story.

Tip: Don’t confuse tone with voice. Voice can be explained as the author’s personality expressed in writing, while tone refers to the attitude of the writer in a piece of writing.

How Do You Find Your Writing Voice?

Practice makes perfect.

You already have your voice. The only way to find it or improve it is by writing. This is not something you do quickly. You will have to write many words before you are comfortable enough for your voice to shine through naturally.

If you want to write books, aim to write for 10 000 hours or write a million words. I also believe good writing courses and workbooks will help you make the most of your voice.

It is difficult to define this writing voice, but when you have found it, you will know. So will your readers.

You may find that you like to write in first person or third person viewpoint. You may also prefer to write in present or past tense. All of these things will become part of your unique voice.

A prompt a day

A good way to find your voice is by establishing a writing routine that includes a daily writing prompt. Writing prompts are an excellent way to exercise the writing muscle. If you want to receive a daily writing prompt, click here to join our mailing list.

If you’re looking for unusual writing prompts, read these posts:

  1. 50 Lyric Titles As Writing Prompts
  2. 20 Myths To Use As Writing Prompts

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 by Amanda Patterson

© Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd March 2015