Today let’s talk a bit about your writer’s voice.
Whether you realize it or not, you have a distinctive writer’s voice. I’m sure some of you are saying that you haven’t developed your voice yet, or you don’t know what it is yet, but the fact is that you are unique among writers and as such you have a unique voice. Nobody writes exactly the way that you write. I find that comforting and you should too.
Think about it! There are seven billion people on this planet and nobody has your writer’s voice. Isn’t that remarkable? Now true, you may not be pleased with your current voice, in which case start taking steps to change it. What kind of voice do you want to have? I faced this question about sixteen months ago, and one day it hit me that I wanted to develop a voice that was comfortable for my readers, as though we were sitting with each other having coffee….so I worked on that and I’m feeling pretty good about the results.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Again, we are discussing the writer’s voice. Be yourself. Find the voice you want and cultivate it. In the end, being you is much better than being a counterfeit of someone else.
TIP OF THE DAY
So, how do you find your voice? Consider these tips:
1) Picture your audience and write to them. What does your audience look like? Who are they? What do they like? Now, how are you going to reach them? How do you need to present your information so they will understand?
2) Experiment with different genres. Give poetry a try. Try personal essays and try narratives. Who knows, you just might stumble upon something that works for you.
WRITER OF THE DAY
Meet my dear friend Eddy. You can find her at HubPages by following this link.
If you want to read a distinct voice, read some of Eddy’s works. She makes her readers feel like they are sitting in the garden with her, sipping tea and speaking of beautiful things. I promise you will enjoy her work.
BOOK OF THE DAY
Would you like to read a book about writer’s voice? Check out this one on Amazon.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
Try a little writing exercise with this picture. Write one stanza in poetry about what you see here. Then write one paragraph of a personal essay. Just a little practice that might help you develop that voice.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
I love this video of Quentin Tarantino discussing writer’s voice. You can see it here on YouTube.
AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK
I will be back on Monday with another installment of Artistry With Words. I hope this blog today helped to clarify a few things concerning your writer’s voice. Without it we are nothing. J
Have a great weekend my friends and as always, thank you for visiting my humble site.