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A good writer's voice
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
At the beginning
Being a writer, it is not difficult but to be a good writer, it takes a lot of hard work. To explain it in a simpler way, anyone can write but it's just how well he/she writes. In another word, do you have the flair of writing?
Writing is as easy as ABC but to become a good writer, it is not just about writing. Some writers like to write stories with their imagination, they become the storywriter. Some narrate stories as if it's a story they encountered, they become a narrator. Some can just write on and on and on, they become a novelist. Some who enjoys writing songs, they become the song writer. As you can see, the list of types of writer can just simply goes on. What I am trying to bring across is even before able to start off as a writer, the first important thing is to know what type of writer you want to be. There is always this unstoppable voice that is flowing in your head what you need to pen down and it will be what type of writer you want to be.
The style referring to how you can put down what is in your mind into words and bring across to your audience. Not only that, the way you write become a style of your own, the uniqueness and also your brand of your voice. There is no fix rule on the way of writing. It is important because your writing style will attract a certain type of readers and who will eventually ended up as your fans. It is just like some people just enjoy to eat chocolates. They just simply love taste, the texture and even the after effect of consuming the chocolate.
After knowing your style, this uniqueness of yours needs brushing up. Having to say, you need to work and improve on it.
Writing is the key.
Don't stop writing.
If you cant figure out what is your style of writing, try to read different types of genre of books. I am sure there is a certain type of genre you prefer and a certain of writing type you are attracted to. From there, try to work on it.
Every time after you finished writing, always read through what you have written down. It is not a one time job meaning it's doesn't just stop after the first writing. You need to read a few times to tally what is in your head and the words you pen down. Sometimes, what you have written initially don't make any sense or sound right until you read through again. When I say the 'don't sound right' parts are the spelling errors and the 'don't make sense' part is the grammar component.
This is known as proofread. Proofreading is a very important process in writing documents, books, and all around grammatical statements. This is the process of making sure there are no errors in grammar or spelling.
Initially, it is not easy to understand cause you might be thinking, " I am just writing. What's so difficult about it." If this is what is your mentality, you will never succeed. All these come in a package. Imagine if you are a reader and you were so engrossed in this interesting book you were reading.... Suddenly, you spotted the wrong word, hmmm... This sentence just don't make any sense. Argh! It's just upset the entire flow.
Hence, knowing your style is an essential element you need to slowly equip with in order for good writer's voice.
Choosing the topic
Usually, your writing style comes along with a certain type of topic that you enjoy writing. It is a good start if you are starting off as a leisure writer. It slowly builds up your confidence level, your writing fluency and what you enjoy doing. Once, it becomes a job, things won't be easy. You will face challenge like writer's block. It means it is the worst part of the writing experience is the very beginning, when the writer is sitting in front, unblinking and perfectly empty the computer monitor or staring at a blank sheet of paper, thinking "I have nothing to say," is the only thing that comes to mind and that is greatest fear which all writers worry of.
Coming back to the topic, for you to first begin with writing, it is important to choose a topic that interest you. It will keeps you writing. Secondly, do research. There is always this limitation between what you can write and what you know. Creditability is very important. Even writing story or novel, if the setting is base on any historical background, your story will sound more realistic and convincing with the correct description and facts of the past. Your story will be such a turn off assuming all these fall out of place.
Treat what you write with pride and honor. Each new topic, you are writing on, is a beginning of a new life of a masterpiece of your own. When you put effort in what you are doing, you will begin to feel the satisfaction and the motivation to keep you going. And of course, when your audience respond, the amount of happiness and excitement is not just words can describe.
Finally, some words of advice:
- If this is a path that you want to venture, don't stop. Practice make perfect and slowly comes with experience and maturity.
- Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Every mistake that you made is always a learning experience. Through these mistakes, you will learn to write better the next time.
- Never stop reading. Be it is an article, story, or anything that interests you, always read. It will give you ideas of what your next topic will be, how you can improve on your writing.
Every writer has a different voice to tell. Most importantly, you write your own voice and your future is all that is in your own hands.
All the best in this journey you embark on!