Depending on who you ask, the writer’s voice can be:
- A. Your style of writing
- B. Your perspective
- C. Your tone in writing
- D. All of the above that you bring it consistently
Importance of Writing Voice
Why we as writer shall have own ‘writing voice’? As part of marketing and Branding. It means we develop our followers and community that love our works/crafts.
A writer’s voice is a stamp on your writing that makes your work personal and recognizable, so much so that your audience can identify a sample of writing as yours without ever seeing your name.
Having a voice of our own is analogous to be a media. As we already know the universal truth, that every media has its own ‘voice’. Whenever we create content for that ‘media institution’ we must follow their style or their uniqueness.
What about you? As yourself is a ‘walking media’, do you have any writing voice?
Having a writing voice is also a way to survive. It means you struggle to develop your fans of pieces of works and at the same time distinguish yourself different from other writers.
How To Have Writing Voice
As simple (or complicated) as to keep writing, that’s why I start and continue this blog. To push me to write consistently even though no one to read it.
I used to give it the tagline ‘authentic marketing’. As I love and always think about marketing. It is such a promise of what I would like to deliver by my writing.
It turns out that ‘simplify complexity ‘ is more appropriate at the moment. Due to not only marketing, but things like ‘parenting’ and ‘freelance’ are complex as well. And I love to research further to break it into smaller pieces and rewriting it becoming more simple to ‘be bited’ by reader.
- Describe yourself in three adjectives. Example: snarky, fun, and flirty.
- Ask (and answer) the question: “Is this how I talk?”
- Imagine your ideal reader. Describe him in detail. Then, write to him, and only him. Example: My ideal reader is smart. He has a sense of humor, a short attention span, and is pretty savvy when it comes to technology and pop culture. He’s sarcastic and fun, but doesn’t like to waste time. And he loves pizza.
- Jot down at least five books, articles, or blogs you like to read. Spend some time examining them. How are they alike? How are they different? What about how they’re written intrigues you? Often what we admire is what we aspire to be. Example: Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, Ernest Hemingway, and C.S. Lewis. I like these writers, because their writing is intelligent, pithy, and poignant.
- List your favorite artistic and cultural influences. Are you using these as references in your writing, or avoiding them, because you don’t think people would understand them. Example: I use some of my favorite bands’ music in my writing to teach deeper lessons.
- Ask other people: “What’s my voice? What do I sound like?” Take notes of the answers you get.
- Free-write. Just go nuts. Write in a way that’s most comfortable to you, without editing. Then go back and read it, asking yourself, “Do I publish stuff that sounds like this?”
- Read something you’ve recently written, and honestly ask yourself, “Is this something I would read?” If not, you must change your voice.
- Ask yourself: “Do I enjoy what I’m writing as I’m writing it?” If it feels like work, you may not be writing like yourself. (Caveat: Not every writer loves the act of writing, but it’s at least worth asking.)
- Pay attention to how you’re feeling. How do you feel before publishing? Afraid? Nervous? Worried? Good. You’re on the right track. If you’re completely calm, then you probably aren’t being vulnerable. Try writing something dangerous, something a little more you. Fear can be good. It motivates you to make your writing matter.
Writing is a never ending learning, I guess. The more you write, the better your writing will be. As your quantity increase, it shall make your qualities getting better.
Honing our writing skill means making perfect of our writing voice as well.