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Freelancer: Finding your own Voice in your Writing

Updated on December 9, 2012

Hi there.

My name is Lew Newmark, and I’ve been a freelance article writer for just about a year now. Many of you have more than likely read some of my articles here on Hubpages and you may have even liked them enough to even follow me here.

After having been involved in this business which by the way continues to be very competitive, I’ve come to understand that when it comes to writing there is one thing that always comes to the forefront when it comes to writing and it’s something that many writers I think tend to overlook and that’s your “Voice” and how it relates to how you write an article.

What do I mean when I say Voice?

Well, it’s really not a difficult concept to grasp, and yet I find that many of us (including yours truly) at times forget this concept or just totally ignores it all together. Your voice is how you naturally speak to someone.

Think about how you talk with your friends for a moment. Is there an easy going, casual tone in your voice when you’re talking with your friends?

Of course there is, because you’re talking with your friends or maybe your family members, but the idea is the same in either case.

When you are writing an article, you have to understand that there are two different ways to do it….

  • You can write something that is sort of mechanical in the way it reads, as if you’re writing for a search engine web crawler.
  • Or you can write an article that actually speaks in an easy going way to another human being.

The thing to remember is that in today’s world, the person who is reading your article (please take note of the term reading) wants to read something that is written for them, not for a search engine, and this is why finding your natural tone in your writing is so important.

I say this with some expertise at this point in time, even though I’ve only been at this for about a year now, and I say this because through my on trial and error, and also through actually seeing this principal put into practice by someone else who I am very familiar with, I have come to understand just how important it is to write to a human being rather than to a search engine’s web crawler.

So remember to try to write your content as if you were speaking to your best friend, and I guarantee that you will see over the course of time that your efforts will be handsomely rewarded with more folks reading your content, and coming back for more of it also!

Lew Newmark is the be all and know all of KeyWords Media, an online company offering several types of writing services.

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    • nicregi profile image

      Reginald Chan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hey man. Glad you replied. Oh yes. Trying to maintain real life job and writing is tough. Furthermore time with family and love ones. Crazy but fun! Good luck to you too!

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      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Nicregi. Thanks for the compliment, and I'm glad that you like the hub. I have my own business blog for my content business called KeyWords Media, so I understand being busy, and also trying to write here on Hubpages. I wish you much success with your future projects.

      Hi Kris.

      Glad that you like the tips in this hub. I'm still trying to write in a casual tone, but each client is different and when you are taking work from some of the "content mills" the work can be frustrating at times as clients can be very picky, and the pay many times does not warrant the time invested to complete a writing assignment.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Great tips! I heard something very similar to this recently in an audio program - the advice was to imagine that you a writing a letter to one person and then go from there. I like the "best friend" suggestion you give.

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      Reginald Chan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hey! I like your hub. I myself used to be a freelance writer and it is very interesting actually. Everything was fine and payout wasn't that great (but hey, it is enough to pay for my bills monthly) and that was already fine for me.

      However, I slow down on freelance recently as I am tied down with my own site and HubPages :)

      Great for sharing buddy and keep it up.