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Find Your Uniqueness As A Writer

Updated on February 7, 2014

Why Is Uniqueness Important?

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

Oscar Wilde

It’s a valid question for writers to ask. Why is it important that you be unique in your writing?

There are some writers who simply write recipe articles, and others who simply write how-to articles. Is it really necessary for them to have a unique style? All they are trying to do is impart information to the reading public and increase their views along the way. Why should they concern themselves with being different from all the rest of the recipe writers and do-it-yourself writers?

There are others who put all their time and effort into self-publishing ebooks, churning out volume after volume in a never-ending display of Kindle fodder, selling a few here and a few there, racking up the dollars by the sheer volume of their work. Do they really need to be unique?

There is a very real chance that the answer is no. In today’s world of instant gratification, quite often quality and individuality are highly overrated. People (prospective readers) simply want information and they want it as quickly as possible; they really could care less if the writer has gone the extra mile to develop a signature style that is solely theirs.

All I can say to those writers is my old dinosaur belief: quality will always be rewarded. Making an extra effort can never be a bad thing if one is a practitioner of the Arts.

So this article is written mainly for those writers who concern themselves with such things as becoming the best that they can be; this article is for those of you who have long-range goals that include majestic mountains rather than insignificant hills.

There is only one me....but does that fact shine through in my writing?
There is only one me....but does that fact shine through in my writing? | Source

Let’s Turn Our Attention, Then, to Writing Style

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

Orson Welles

In the world of writing, your writing style is a bit different from your writer’s voice, and they are both a bit difficult to define. In fact, several definitions for style include the word voice in them.

Let’s simplify, and hopefully not oversimplify, by saying that a writer’s style is what makes him or her different from other writers. It is your own personal brand, a reflection of you, so we can begin with the assumption that since we are all different then our writing must be different as well, right?

Well, yes and no. There is no doubt that we all write differently. We all take those 75,000 words and intermix them with our emotions and experiences and end up with something at least approaching unique…..but…..

In the case of writing a recipe or a DIY article, our “style” may not be apparent. If your goal is to simply give a brief history of the recipe and then write the ingredients and baking instructions, then voice takes a backseat to the imparting of information.

What I am saying is this: style, or voice if you will, takes a long time to develop, and certain types of writing almost smother style (insert AP style here)….and I think it is important that you never allow that to happen. Here’s why.

Every writer has a unique voice....or do they?
Every writer has a unique voice....or do they? | Source

One Among Millions

Yes, millions, as in a lot of zeroes. You are one writer dog-paddling in a sea of writers, struggling to stay afloat and make it in this brutal profession. We all start out with the same number of words and the same rules of grammar. Let me put it another way. Imagine a million identical yellow rubber duckies floating in a pond. Your little child wants one, so you wade out and grab one and bring it back to shore. What process did you follow when you chose your rubber duckie? Most likely you just reached out and grabbed one randomly because hey, they were all the same.

Now let’s imagine a million recipe writers online right now. I am looking for a recipe for almond chicken. I wade out into the online pond and grab the first one randomly because hey, they all looked the same.

Do you want your writing career to depend on random selection?

The only way to break free and become a unique duckie in that pond is to brand your writing with your own signature, and the only way to become a successful writer of novels is to develop a style that makes you memorable to readers.

Get out and experience life
Get out and experience life | Source

And Now the Obvious Question Is How Do You Do That?

There is no easy answer to that. A writer’s style takes time. It is the culmination of a life lived. It is the combination of thoughts and experiences that each of us has. So how do you develop a unique writing style? First of all live life. Become engulfed with experiences. Add to that foundation and keep building, one block at a time.

Develop a style that is you and reflects the comfort you feel in being you. Do not try to write like someone else. That is a fool’s task. You are the only you in the history of mankind. Use that fact to become a writer that others will seek out. Find a new angle and incorporate it into your writing. Find a new perspective. Find a new approach. I am convinced that a recipe writer can find success if they find a novel way to write recipes, a way that readers can relate to and look forward to reading.

So your goal should be to raise a writer (you) from infancy to fully-functioning adult, an adult easily identified because of your uniqueness of style and voice.

So Let’s Do a Little Exercise

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

Martha Graham

I want you to take five minutes and answer this question: what makes your writing different from the writings of others? Why are you unique?

No cheating on this. You can’t just say that you are unique because you are a unique individual. Although that is true we still have to find that unique quality in your writing. Is it there? Can you point to a portion of your writing that is your signature? If not then you have some work to do…..

Or not! The choice is yours and yours alone. I know writers who could care less about this. They write online articles and are only concerned with views and clicks and a monthly payout, so who the hell needs unique in that instance?

But for those of you who have bigger dreams, this is important. Successful authors are successful because of their style. If you don’t have one that you can identify then how can you expect your readers to do the impossible?

If you are an avid reader then you know what I say is true. What makes Stephen King unique? What made Steinbeck unique? Poe? Hemingway? You could give me a random page from Steinbeck without telling me who wrote it and I would be able to identify his writing. Can others do that with your writing? Even your most avid followers….could they identify your writing?

Hopefully the answer to that last question is yes. If not….well, there is no better time to develop your uniqueness than now.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I try to be just me when I write and share anything in my own writing. I find when I talk to people I can always find some common ground and when I write I try so hard to use that voice and do the same there, too. I hope that makes sense, but I have found when I write that I just write from the heart and share it as a story I would share if I were indeed having a conversation with someone. probably just the outgoing person in me, but still that is what works for me and I am sticking with it. Happy Friday and we made it again!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Looking like I am the first to comment makes me unique at this moment ;) Hopefully my writing style, voice and uniqueness come from my sense of humor and love of life and laughter. It would be easier for another to testify to this but that is my goal.

      This, as always, is a great treat for any writer.

      Voted up useful, and interesting.

      I have been struggling to get my share buttons back on but haven't been able to as yet.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It makes perfect sense, Janine, and your voice shines through in your writings. Don't change a thing my friend.

      Stay warm and have a great Friday. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Mary, as of this morning none of us can share on Pinterest. Sigh! Yes, your personality shines through in your writing. From where I sit you are doing quite nicely. Thank you as always and stay warm.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I would hope that someone could identify my writing whether it was a recipe or any other article. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Victoria, it might be interesting to find out, eh?

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful stuff here. Enough to contemplate for a day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Eric; just don't contemplate too hard or you'll get a headache. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Find Your Uniqueness As A Writer is an interesting hub and uniqueness is great in all writers.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      We all take a long time to search for that voice and then hone it. Most important is to keep to it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always DDE!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Michele. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Bill, this is so good and so important. I'd like to believe that I do have a unique voice and style of writing that is distinguishable from others. I'd love to hear your honest critique about that when you have time. I also think having a unique style of writing helps deter copyright infringement because if you have made your work too identifiable, it makes it harder for someone to get away with stealing and duplicating your work. Thanks for the wisdom, voted up and useful.

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      rcorcutt 3 years ago

      Great Article

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I do believe I have my own style, but the hardest part is to get readers to start, with their own ideas to impart.

      This is a great help, especially to new writers. Thank you Bill for that.

      Once I wrote a letter to the editor of our local newspaper. Then one day at work my phone rings and Hubby said: "I am reading a letter to the editor and it sounds just like you!" And then he asked, "WHEN DID YOU WRITE THIS?"

      I know that you have your own style and you are unique, that is why I read what you write.

      And I will join you on your blog, but not at the moment, I have too much going on right now.

      ref. Join me on my writing blog •Artistry With Words

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Well Bill, I want those majestic mountains so I had better get stuck in and start developing a style.

      This could be the slap with the wet fish that I needed. Thanks.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Fun topic today. The strange thing is that I never really thought about why style was so important, I just knew that for some reason it mattered. I always considered my personal style as a kind of "stew" made up from pieces of all my literary heroes. A pinch of this and a pinch of that with a twist of "Brian" and...voila! Have a great weekend.

      p.s. Must you always have a go at the poor recipe writers? Just teasing.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      You are absolutely right billybuc. The best sold writers and novelists have their own unique writing styles. However, style does take a while to develop. If you are writing daily, several times per week or writing for living it may happen faster.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I feel that finding ones voice is extremely important yet seems to take years of practice to find. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, great point about the copyright infringements. I hadn't thought of that. As for your voice, it is distinctive. You have a conversational tone that is easily recognizable. Keep up the good work; it shows.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you rcorcutt; much-appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron. That's a great example, your husband noticing that it was your letter to the editor. I love that! Well done my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I would never slap you with a wet fish; maybe a dry one but never wet. LOL Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Brian, I'm sure it seems like I have a bone to pick with recipe writers. It's just that one can still make a recipe interesting if one is willing to put in the work....and I want everyone to succeed. As for your unique voice, I think that is common for many writers. We pick up things over the years from reading and following other writers; sooner or later those small pieces add up to who we are as writers. Great point and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cecileportilla, it is a work in progress and it does take time. I am a different writer today than I was three years ago; no doubt about that. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I'm finding that voice. Although I like writing all kinds of things and have tried on different hats, anything with a hint of snark comes the easiest. It just flows. Call it that inner self-critical voice that taunts a bit but is always on your side.

      I enjoyed reading this, Bill. Well done, as ever. The recipe writer now have a complex due to this and other references you make to them elsewhere; you know that? Just sayin'. Maybe we should all write a recipe hub, ensuring our writer's voice shines through. That could get weird, you know.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it does, Jamie, but it is worth it. Best wishes my friend and thank you!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I have to admit I don't yet know if I have a unique style when it comes to writing hubs. I'm still fairly new at this type of writing and I feel I'm still developing my own voice. I'm also sure you and the other people who read my hubs may already see something unique that I don't see there. When it comes to my novels, I think my uniqueness is in the way I tell the story and develop my characters from the points of view of more than the perceptions of only a few of the main characters.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      I hope I have surpassed the toddler stage and reached adolescence with style and voice in my writing. It has been a battle - one I hope well fought. With hubs like this, how could any of us staunch followers of yours fail? Thanks, Bill. This helps tremendously.

      Kim

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I think if the writer is true to his or her muse and follows the voice that flows through the soul then style has to emerge. If there is no muse to listen to then that writer should probably not aspire to taking random web hits on hub pages and bubblews. Great advice, friend, and congrats to your Seahawks. Thank your guys for giving us a boring, lopsided Super Bowl.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Elementary, my dear Holland.

      A recipe needs a little spice for Holmes to snap at it! Maybe young Oliver would like a bowlful? Let's see what we can add to the pudding without changing the nature of the dish. How about a bit less of the third person and making it more personal, and less like the Queen's speech (that some turnip-head in Whitehall has written for her)?

      I know.

      How about first person, present tense (all the way through)? Well it works! And laced with italics? That's got to be the spice, but not so much 'laced' as 'scattered', to make your reader sit up and beg like a prize pooch at Cruft's (Nice dog, Towser, I said 'pooch' not 'Staffy'. Here, have a bone and run off back to your typewriter, do a write-up for a dog show if you can't do book reviews).

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Not everyone cares about taking the time to write at a higher level. A you wrote, for some people it's just producing one e-book after the other hoping to get money more through quantity than quality. I suppose everyone has his or her own value. But at the end of the game, those people will probably never be remembered either and will fall into oblivion.

      When I write about a project, I try to make it simple and complete enough for people who might be interested creating this project. But most of the time, I try also to add other informations because I find it easier to remember facts when it can be associate with a concrete project (painting, 3-D, collage, etc.).

      Have a fantastic weekend, Bill!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Fascinating hub.

      I have no idea if l have a recognisable style of writing.

      You managed to make this unique even when writing about RECIPES.

      One of the most mundane things l can think of . You are brilliant.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, honestly, I have nothing against recipe writers...I just wish more of them would try for that little something special. It makes all the difference for those of us who follow them.

      Having said that, I happen to like snark. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I think the novels are much more important with regards to voice and style. Hubs are, well, sometimes generic and informational and that tends to erase the writing style of the writer. Carry on my friend; you are doing well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      klidstone, thank you so much. You are definitely past the adolescence stage.....have a great weekend and know that you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, you definitely have a unique writing voice. Believe me! As for the Seahawks, I'm perfectly fine with boring the rest of the nation. LOL Thanks buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, in your own unique way, and I say that with great admiration, you have made my point for me with wonderful examples. Thanks for taking over the reins and letting me rest awhile. :) Have a superb weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, thanks for weighing in on this. To each his/her own for sure. I toss out suggestions like confetti and if anyone wants to scoop it up then great.

      Wishing you a great weekend as well my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, I think brilliant might be a bit of a stretch but thank you! Yes, you do have your own style, a very comfortable style that fits all kinds of readers...that is not easy by the way but you do it well.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Speaking of Stephen King - I saw an interview once they were doing with him and they asked him some of the same questions you ask here. He said what made his style unique was that a good many writers could describe someone in an elevator shaft looking up and seeing an elevator coming down, but he could describe what happened when the elevator landed on top of this person. Yep - that's Stephen King, alright!

      I found this hub to be thought-provoking and I think I'll take a second look at my own style. By the way, I had a literature teacher in school who made us keep a journal all semester. When we started, I thought it was a real pain. Then I realized, it was very therapeutic. I found out later in life that many writers keep them - if nothing else to jot down ideas they may get in the middle of the night.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann great story about King and yes, many writers keep journals or at least notebooks that they carry around with them. I'm one of them. I don't trust my memory at all. :) Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I believe i would know your writing style anywhere. Another helpful hub for sure. uniqueness is something to strive for. Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the compliment, Ruby! I always appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend in the frozen midwest.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi bill, I totally understand what you mean, everybody has a bit of their personality in their writing, and just by reading it that comes across, I think I have a style, not sure! lol! and of course its whether the style is interesting or not, great advice as always, nell

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Whoo, you know it dear Bill,

      We are all very unique, not one anywhere just like us! I truly believe that each one of us has a special something to share through our writings that makes us unique and when people read our writing, they know we have written it! No one else has experienced exactly what we have in this life, maybe something similar, but never exactly and we all have certain gifts and wisdom with which we have been given to share with each other and we can certainly do so through our writing.

      I know you just have to be you and I just have to be, and that is the way it should be and we should never try to conform to fit into another one's mold!

      Up and more and sharing (We can share now on Pinterest again!)

      Have a great weekend.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Thank you Bill, for once again helping aspiring authors! This is wonderful to read. And it is comforting to know that as I was reading. I noticed, I am on the right track with carving out my niche and unique trademark style of the way I wish to be known. So Awesome!

      Up and & shared. Blessings always my friend. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, you are overflowing with style. :) Thank you and have a marvelous weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I tried for years to be like other people. Needless to say that attempt was a dismal failure. Today I am quite happy being me and I think it shows in my writing. Great points my friend.

      Have a wonderful weekend and blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you are, Jo, and the longer you do it the more you will be recognized. This is a marathon; not a 100 yard dash.

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Billybuc, I guess it depends on what audience you are writing for. If I was writing answer-to-question type hubs, I would expect the answer quickly, with no real style, just facts. However, if I was reading something funny, fictional or even historical, I would expect a little more from the writer so that they could retain my interest.

      I can definitely imagine the difference between a serious university lecturer with no sense of humour writing about Australian history, versus someone like yourself writing the same thing, with your style. I have to admit it would be very very obvious which one I'd prefer to read.

      You do not have dinosaur views at all. Your hubs on writing are amazing, fascinating to read and very well written. And writers love it! So don't mark yourself out of date just yet. Just keep injecting you, whether with humour, sarcasm, bitterness, wonder or joy and inject your emotion in, as we, the readers cannot get enough of you, baby!

      Voted awesome and up. Love it.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Alas, I am still an infant as I haven't found my style. But I'm learning fast and am keen. Hence I keep reading your counsel. I have taken a lot from these videos too. The only thing that bothers me is maybe - just maybe - im not so much of an artist as I'd like to be! (and I'm not looking for complements by the way, just speaking frankly)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi bill

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Ok, me again.

      So I wrote an epistle and for some reason all you see is a 'hi bill.' O my

      I just shared that I had found my unique voice when I was a junior in college. I used to help others with their term papers and I guess on one I helped too much. It was a very small college where I did my undergraduate work so often professors sat with us after class. One day my journalism teacher sat with me, alone. He began to discuss a paper that I had "helped' a friend write. He finally said, this is your work, isnt it?

      And I just smiled. I guess my 'uniqueness' was too evident.

      And the point is well made by you.

      It is distinguishing to have your voice shine through in your work. With me, I did not work to develop it. It has just found itself and translates into letters, then words, and the idea and voila, you see me or at least some of who I am .

      I keep coming back to read as I know there will always be something here that I relish.

      Angels are winging their way to you and Bev and the Chicks. have a blessed weekend ps

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I guess I still have a lot of work to do. :)

      I get what you're saying about finding our unique style, funnily enough, I clicked on an old hub from my Pinterest page a few days ago, and started to read, after a couple of lines I just knew it was one of yours, I could almost hear your voice, although the title was a bit of a give away. Another very useful and informative piece of work. Have a lovely weekend, my best as always.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Great thoughts in this hub, Bill.

      My work will reflect me and my personal thoughts.

      That is about as unique as I can make it.

      Strangely, there has been someone or something that keeps me

      reaching to tell this story. As you well know, the story and the characters

      take on a life of their own. I am on an adventure, learning more history

      than I ever cared to know. My novel is a work in progress, as am I.

      But, Oh, what a ride!!

      Many thanks, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Interesting hub Billy. We as publishers immediately recognize if a new submission writer does have a 'writing Signature' as we call it. If they do not have it, then we suspect that the writer has copied a lot of the text from the internet. There is no strong "Signature"

      The voice of the writer must be prominent. Therefore my own signature does have a 'Dutch' slant to it, so some readers have told me.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Hey Bill ~ This is just the hub I needed to read right now....since the two MSs I have been working on are now ready to receive some more attention from me. I've been practicing the promotional side of being an author with my gardening book published in 2010...and taking on more work from my employer to complete at home for some much-needed extra pay.

      But now, my muses have been calling me back to working on new material within MSs that are beginning to suffer from a long bout of "cabin fever." It's weird...they really are sending me messages to pay more attention to them by "prompting" people to ask me if I have been writing anything new lately,,,and sending me "snippets" of action scenes and story details to write down....enticing me to return to more dedicated writing...including a return to more regular hub publishing ...and leading me to read this hub of yours...and I'm "all ears" for their message! I am ready to dive back into the sea of ideas waiting for me to develop them!

      Thanks, Bill! I voted this hub Up, Useful, Awesome, and Interesting. Hope you are having a great Saturday!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      So your goal should be to raise a writer (you) from infancy to fully-functioning adult, an adult easily identified because of your uniqueness of style and voice.

      Oh yes spot on Billy .Another wonderful lesson by you and what a great teacher you are. I know I am repeating myself here but I am learning far more from you than I am from my Writing Course. I am determined to complete it but oh how slow it gores ha ha!!

      Thank you again and I wish you and Bev a great weekend and lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, that was a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you! I just noticed you live in Melbourne....I'm reading a novel by a writer from there....Peter Temple....I feel like I know that area well.

      Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a detailed comment and I agree with your thoughts. I'll just keep doing my thing and hope someone finds it worthwhile.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, we all have a touch of the self-doubts....and you will only get a compliment when I mean it. You are a good writer who is improving daily....I wouldn't be so quick to sell yourself short my dear.

      Thank you and I hope your weekend is filled with wonder.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi PS LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you make a very valid point. Most of us have a voice; many don't even know it. Style does develop over time; slowly at first and then rushing out of us without our even noticing it. It is a lovely process and I love every minute of it.

      Bev is well thank you; the chicks are plump and happy; I, too, am well.

      hugs and blessings heading your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that is more of a compliment that you may realize. Thank you! I love that you were able to identify my writing from my style. We all have a lot of work to do, Jo; we are not even close to what we will be in time.

      blessings my friend; enjoy your weekend and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh what a ride indeed, DJ, and it only gets better. I love my new novel; whether anyone else does when I finish it is another matter, but the important point is that I love it and am proud of it....the journey is worth it.

      Thank you and enjoy the heck out of your weekend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Nadine, for giving us the perspective of a publisher. Very good to know. A Dutch slant? Interesting description....I like that people have said that about your writing; it means you are unique in your own way.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, it takes what it takes sometimes. I love that the messages were received by you and you are ready to go forth into verbal battle. Carry on my friend, and if this article gave you a little shove then fantastic. Thank you and I hope you have a superb weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, as long as you keep bringing beauty and truth into the world of literature then you can sit back and be proud of your work. I learn from all of you; if you learn from me then so be it. I am thankful for your friendship and support along the way.

      blessings from Olympia

      billy

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I'm still trying to find my unique voice. But, you hit on something that caught my attention - become engulfed with experiences. I discovered that I write better when I get out and mingle more with society. Every experience brings enlightenment and helps me develop characters and scenes more vividly than if I just tried to imagine it in my head. For instance, just yesterday I was at the dentist's office and I noticed one of the attendants had a very unique haircut. It was quite flattering and so I told her how pretty her hair was. She was thrilled to get the compliment and she was very animated as she described how she came to achieve that style. The smile on her face, her body language and gestures, and the happy tone in her voice all worked to help me develop a unique character for a little something I'm working on right now. She has become my model for this character. Yep! Experiencing life makes writing better. At least for me it does.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      I could really relate to this hub. I have learned what kind of writer I am. When I'm bloggin in my native language, my readers say I'm a good writer. Maybe they say it because they know me, LOL! Sometimes I acutally surprise myself when I've written something. :)

      One of my hubs have been on first place for a very long time now and I put much time on writing it and added many photos I've taken myself. It's rewarding to see that my efforts paid off.

      Right now I'm not writing much, but I'm reading "the millennium trilogy" by the Swedish author Stieg Larsson. He was an amazing author and I think I'll be inspired by his style when I get back to writing more. Of course I'm not going to copy him, but by reading novels I'm learning new styles to try out when I write.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you just gave a perfect example my friend. Thank you for sharing that. I was at the library today and saw a young woman with tri-color hair....and I swear she looked adorable and I told her so. She will be in my novel. You have to get out there and experience life before writing about it.

      Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made my dear, thank you for sharing your experience. I happen to think you are a good writer who will only get better....you have what we call a very high ceiling regarding your writing potential. I wish you well and I am grateful that we have become friends.

      bill

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Very articulate hub on the subject Bill--I think finding your own voice and exploring that is one of the toughest things about writing--it is so tempting to copy another person's voice--

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree that we all have something that makes us one of a kind.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting hub Bill. Was away for the last ten days but it's good to be back reading your words of wisdom. What makes us unique is an interesting question. I love to explore new places and I hope that comes across in my writing. I try to give readers who have not visited these places a vision of what they are like and what they can expect should they visit someday.

      Good to be back, have a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey and I happen to agree with you...it is difficult and it takes quite awhile.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are finding your voice with those books of yours. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And you do it well, Bill; your enthusiasm shines through my friend. Welcome back and thank you!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “What I am saying is this: style, or voice if you will, takes a long time to develop…"

      "If you are an avid reader then you know what I say is true. What makes Stephen King unique? What made Steinbeck unique? Poe? Hemingway? You could give me a random page from Steinbeck without telling me who wrote it and I would be able to identify his writing. Can others do that with your writing? Even your most avid followers….could they identify your writing?...”

      Exactly. It takes time find our unique voice, and to embrace it with confidence and purpose. This is not an easy task...it takes quite a bit of time and dedication. Some writers don’t care about this. Other writers who seek substance, style and meaning that convey like no other, do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you put it perfectly with your last sentence, and I obviously agree. I want the best for all writers; I want them to experience that magical moment when they are writing to the best of their ability. Thank you, Genna!

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Bill,

      A writer's style is a very hard topic to communicate. Finding a writer's style is such a personal journey, with no perfect path to enlightenment. It is messy, and sends you down all kinds of straight and crooked paths. There is a moment that every writer feels, when the words line up like magic, as if the writer were born for those words. The words come forth from some mysterious and eternal place, determined to hit their mark. There is a point when the words no longer come from the mind, but from the soul.

      I often wish I could have had tea with some of “the greats” that you mentioned. What a wonderful treat to enter the mind of Hemingway. Yes, in this world people may make money off of cheap words, but they will eventually get lost in the Google cosmos never to be seen again. However, the works of the real artists, they will remain forever. Generations beyond will be their judge of greatness.

      I love your thoughts on style: "A writer’s style takes time. It is the culmination of a life lived. It is the combination of thoughts and experiences that each of us has."

      Put ten articles in front of me and I could definitely pick out which one is yours. This follower appreciates everything you give to the writing community.

      Jen

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, thank you for signing with your name; your profile name is a tough one to type. :) You said it all there; I have nothing to add, other than thank you for your kind words.

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      billybuc Dear bro. It has been a time since I stopped in for a visit. Its been a busy season and I am working to get back to hubs. I just love coming to your neighborhood. You are such a sweetheart. So giving and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing all of your nuggets with us writers. I have learned a great deal from your works. I am so grateful to God for leading me to your path. This writing truly is a gem and I agree. I think in time we come to a place in writing where we develop our signature and it comes in the soul searching through writing by the Spirit of God. He reveals more to us. Writing is a gift indeed, Amen. I do pray you and your have a healthy happy and prosperious new year bill. Keep em coming and know you are so appreciated and loved by your fans. This one included. Thank You. Hugs galore. Your sister Skye

      passing this along!! voted.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You picked the best quote to begin with; that Oscar Wilde's a goodie isn't he?

      I can't say easily what my style is - does that mean I don't have one? I like to inform and to help (re. dyslexia), I like to celebrate the beauty of nature (travel hubs) and I like to fire the imagination (fiction) but out of all that I can't say 'I have 'that' particular style.'

      What's clear is that style is imperative. Any famous author is known by his or her unique writing. Blanket writing - general waffle smothered in a blanket - is dire.

      Your style is clear - you talk to us as though you were present, you have a refreshing humour, yet at the same time your bite definitely does reflect your bark! Wholly recognisable and thoroughly entertaining, whatever the mood.

      I'll stop rambling now (is that my style?)!! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye my dear, thank you and welcome back! We give, Skye; that's what people like you and me do.....we give and we are happier and better for having done it. I know of no other way and I know you understand that.

      Blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Ann, you have a style for sure and it is relaxed and enjoyable. It develops over time now doesn't it? We might begin with that waffle you mentioned but eventually it becomes distinct and admirable.

      You are so kind....I truly do appreciate you.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for such a compliment - relaxed and enjoyable I can cope with very well! Yes, you're right about developing; I feel my writing here has developed in a way I didn't expect. I've grown in confidence and found a 'niche'.

      I think we have a mutual appreciation society here!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...we do indeed, Ann. There are certain people who I relate to easily...you are one of them. Thank God for the internet. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My uniqueness is easy. I am a passionate storyteller that brings life directly from the page to your mind's eye...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And you do it well, Deb; keep on doing it; we all benefit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I like to think that some (not all) of my recipes and projects are unique and have my voice, but I honestly don't know if they do. I hope so though. I do know that I enjoy writing them and doing all of the prep for the article. Unfortunately for the types of things I write about, readers don't usually want long intros and descriptions, they like the pictures and instructions. It's tough to get that balance. Another thought-provoking hub Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true Glimmer...it is a very tough balance doing what you do. I couldn't do it, so you have my admiration because you do it well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts....again, you do what you do quite well.

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      Lucy 2 years ago

      Great common sense here. Wish I'd thuhgot of that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lucy. I appreciate you stopping by.

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