Every writer has their own unique voice, or way of writing. When you’re first starting out, it’s hard to tell whether the tone and style you’re writing in is more your own or largely influenced by other writers’ ways of telling stories. There’s nothing wrong with that. The more you write, though, the more you will be able to differentiate between your writing voice and someone else’s.
And when this happens, when you can clearly identify it’s yours and begin to settle into it, life as a writer, for the most part, becomes a bit more manageable.
So how do you find your writing voice? Start here. Then read on to lean more about how going through this process will actually make you a much more efficient and successful writer in the long-term.
Writing itself will come a lot easier to you
Once you go through the process of coming up with an idea, deciding whether or not it’s going to work and finding the time to actually sit down and make it happen, you actually have to write something. Which, when it comes down to it, is actually a lot easier than it seems … once you’ve developed your writing voice.
Don’t take this to mean writing is easy: if you haven’t figured it out by now, it isn’t. What becomes easier, when you start to grow into and get more comfortable with your writing voice, is getting into a flow once you do start writing. You won’t struggle as much trying to figure out how to word or explain things. It will come much more naturally.
Your stories will be more relatable
Another perk of establishing your own voice as a writer is being able to apply that voice to any character and setting you choose. In doing so, your stories will resonate much more with your audience. If you’re a YA author, for example, you’ll be able to write from a teenager’s perspective much more easily and successfully, even if you haven’t been one for awhile.
This does take time. It isn’t easy for one person to write the first-person perspective of four different characters in one story as if they truly are four different people. You’ll get there. That’s when it gets even more fun.
Eventually, you will also be able to transition much more smoothly between writing in a more formal tone and a more conversational one, depending on the situation and its audience. Readers won’t relate very well to something that sounds like it was written by a PhD candidate (that’s not an insult, by any means) when it should really be in a tone that suggests it was written by someone closer to the ideal reader’s age, education level or demographic.
You will feel more confident, at least a little bit
Confidence is essential as a writer. That doesn’t mean every successful writer is confident about every single thing they write. Rather, they spend a lot less time worrying about whether or not other people will like their story and devote more energy to making it the best story possible, regardless of others’ opinions about it.
When you are more comfortable with using your writing voice, it becomes a lot easier to focus on your work itself instead of how others might react to it. Also, because growing into your voice makes it a little easier to write and makes your writing more relatable, you’ll have a lot fewer reasons to criticize your own work. Confidence comes with time, but the more comfortable you are writing, hopefully, the more writing you’ll be able to accomplish.
Your voice is unique. Your stories are unlike anyone else’s. Doesn’t it feel amazing, knowing that?
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