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Searching For Your Writer's Voice? Tips On How To Find It

Updated on April 16, 2013

WHAT IS VOICE IN WRITING?


If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

A writer’s voice has been defined as the writer’s personality in print form, and since I like that definition then that is the one we will use for this article.

When I was teaching writing in middle school, I would always tell my students to avoid writing the way they speak, because most people use a bastardization of the English language when they speak. I was trying to teach my kids proper English and because of that I smothered their “writer’s voice.”

However, when I taught creative writing to those same students, I encouraged them to write the way they spoke because, as the definition suggests, finding your writer’s voice is as simple or as hard as finding your personality and putting it down on paper.

Every single writer has a unique writer’s voice. We are all a compilation of our experiences, hopes, thoughts and dreams. No other writer can have the same voice as you do, and the reverse is true as well. It is unavoidable that you will write as you are, and quite frankly that is a very good thing. Do not try to copy the voice of one of the masters. It has already been done and you will never do it as well as the original.

If you take a look at the quotation at the beginning of this section, you will see a pretty good example of what voice is. Breathing, crying, singing, they are all a part of your writer’s voice, and in creative writing those should never be silenced.

Allowing my writer's voice to age like a fine wine.
Allowing my writer's voice to age like a fine wine. | Source

FINDING YOUR VOICE


What if I can’t find it? What if I don’t have a voice?

Well, nonsense! You are, therefore, you have a voice. There has never been another human being like you and there will never be another writing voice like yours.

How do you find it? Write!

Your writer’s voice will change over time, but since it is a reflection of who you are, and since we all grow over a lifetime, it only stands to reason that your voice will experience alterations.

One does not find their voice but rather one allows their voice to escape and sing to the world, and you can only do that by writing.

Oh, you want some tips? You are one of those people who are not happy unless you have been given some exercises to practice? Fine, try this one.

Read your writing out loud and listen to it, or have someone else read it while you listen. How does it sound? Does it flow or stutter? Does it sound like a melody or like two cats mating? If you do not like the sound of your own voice then chances are nobody else will either. Fine tune it! Work on cadence! Work on word choice! Work on sentence structure and length! Work on them all until your words sounds as good coming out of your mouth as they did inside of your head.

Loosen up those vocal chords
Loosen up those vocal chords | Source

SING YOUR VOICE


I know, it sounds weird, but stay with me for a second.

If you put music to your writer’s voice, what would it sound like? Would it sound like Beethoven or would it sound like the Beastie Boys? Would it be a three-string quartet or would it sound like Big Band music?

Would your voice be a lovely, reflective tune or would it be brass drums and a headache?

On that same note (pun intended), what do you want your voice to sound like? If you can answer that question, and if your writing sounds like that, then you have found the voice you wanted. Now try it out on others and see if they agree.

FINDING THE PERFECT MATCH IN GENRES


Sometimes our voice does not match the genre that we are writing. For instance, my voice would not be good if I attempted to write a cook book. How do I know? Simply because I have no passion for writing a cookbook, or any craft book. If my passion is missing then my true voice will be missing as well.

On the other hand, I have great passion when it comes to empowering people and helping them to believe in themselves. That kind of writing really floats my boat and it shows when I do it because my passionate voice shines through. You can hear the passion in my words when I tell people they were meant to fly with the eagles.

It is my belief that we are at our best when we are writing in a genre that allows our true writer’s voice to soar. If you find that perfect match then you will have found Nirvana in the writing world.

Learning from one of the best

ODDS AND ENDS


Earlier I told you not to copy the voice of the masters, but I do believe you should study their voices. The more you read the more you will absorb. Partially, as writers, we learn by osmosis. If we surround ourselves with great writing a little of it will rub off on us. Read a variety of writers with a variety of styles. Remember, your voice is a summation of your entire life, so you will try to add to your life and experiences by reading the works of the greats.

Try these exercises:

  • Write a list of ten emotion words and then write what they mean to you on a personal level.
  • Write a list of ten traumatic experiences in your lifetime and then write why each one was meaningful.
  • Write a grocery list in poetic form. I know, weird for sure but weird is good in writing.
  • Write a definition from the dictionary for some random word, and then re-write it using your current voice. Note the differences. Then re-write it again as a limerick.
  • Ask someone else what your voice is? Have them describe what you sound like. Is their description something you can live with? If not, change it!
  • Write down a description of who your ideal reader is. What are they looking for when they read? Then ask yourself if you deliver what they want to read. If not, change it!

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BOTTOM LINE


Every single writer has a unique voice. The problem, then, is making sure we like our voice. I am very comfortable writing about emotions and personal experiences. Many writers are not and that is fine. If you are not comfortable writing then writing will become a chore, so first and foremost you have to fit inside your own skin.

Practice, practice and then practice some more. You will find it but it may take some work. If you are serious about this thing called writing then you will make this search for your writer’s voice a priority.

I wish you the best of luck. As always, if I can be of any help feel free to ask questions.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      "... first and foremost you have to fit inside your own skin..."

      Hi, Bill!

      Truer words were never spoken, my friend, in regards to a writer finding, maintaining, and sharing a credible voice.

      This concept of writer's voice is one of my favorite topics in the lifestyle and livelihood of writing, and you've done a masterful job in presenting the various aspects of it.

      It took me years to find my voice...no regrets, my friend, because now that I've found it, it's that faithful companion whispering back at me in my walks, in my eBay work (especially in some of my off the chart listings), and in moments of crisis when I, the client, have to be my own therapist. (You've been there, done that, and so you know exactly what I'm talking about, Bill.)

      And what is this business, anyway, about finding one's voice? For me, and for so many others, it's all about peeling away the onion layers of censure, beginning with our parents and our kindergarten and first grade teachers and our Sunday (or Sabbath) School teachers. Truth be told, we always had a writer's voice...sadly, societal pressures tell us to stifle its articulation. Some of us are fortunate enough--or maybe courageous enough--to stand at the top of the dump site and frantically begin tearing away at the false persona, lies, shields, and other defense mechanisms to finally find the REAL OZ behind the curtain.

      When you write, Bill, I always come away from having participated as a fortunate reader with a sense that you're speaking only to me between the lines. That quality, my friend, is priceless...and it's my way of knowing that you not only possess and effectively use your voice, but even more importantly, I'm compelled to listen to it.

      Thank you for sharing your gifts.

      Aloha!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I don't know how you got through to comment. Most of us haven't been able to comment for the last eighteen hours. Nice job however you did it. :)

      I love your description of finding our voice...peeling away the onion layers of censure....perfectly described my friend. It is a work in progress and it takes a lifetime of experiences to develop it....but once you have found it, as you have, it is a joy to read and experience.

      So many writers have a hard time "finding" their voice. I liken it to having constipation.....one has to relax and let it flow. LOL Perhaps the reason you feel you are conversing with me is because my writer's voice is me...maybe a little spruced up because I'm entertaining company, but me nonetheless.

      Thank you as always my friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      hi Bill: Guess the comments are going through..The voice...never thought of writing in that particular way..but it makes good sense.. I think most of us like to read a good voice. writing with humor and almost hearing the laughter is very powerful. Great hub..Voting up and pinning.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I enjoyed this read very much. However, I'm still trying to find my voice. I just wish I'd started earlier in life.

      We owe it to ourselves to find out who we really are, like you said; we are all unique, there is no other quite like us. I believe we are all on a different journey with different perspectives different experiences, writing gives us a voice, we need to train our voice to make sweet music, my voice is more like Micky on helium right now, I'm still enjoying it enough to want to improve. I hear you my friend :). Great write as always.

      I'm not sure if this comment will show up, fingers cross, the last one just jumped off the page.

      I hope all is well with you, take care now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it is interesting, but once you read a "good voice" you know it immediately. It can be elusive but I think it is noticeable when you finally find it.

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo....Micky on helium??? LOL Great line. I happen to think you have a good writer's voice, and it will only get better in time. You are just approaching the most creative days of your life. Many good things coming your way.

      Thank you as always. Things are well here indeed, and I wish the same for you.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That is so true. Nice hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. Have a great weekend in sunny Hawaii.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Well it's Friday so time to wind the Bill.

      "Bastardization" so you're talking about me again.

      There's really no need as I can blow my own trumpet, even if it is through a compressor.

      I didn't know that you taught writing. I thought you were the wood work teacher.

      Another thing, doesn't Proper English belong to the English like the rest of the world.

      It's an Irish thing as you know.

      A judge once told me, on a rare occasion when I visited his play pen, that the sound of my voice would cost me more time and money.

      And whadda ya knaw (good proper English), he was right.

      If HP success is dependant on voice then I'm sunk (being polite) and I think I'll open an account for Coco.

      Wishing you and your Bev a great weekend

      Bastardization Mickster.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting and very true. It is amazing how much of the writer's soul and personality is put out on display, when their words are written down. Their personality is still clearly evident, even when the writing is on a totally inpersonal subject!

      As always, your hub is useful and written in an engaging style. You have definately found your voice :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, first I want to say I will try your exercises. They are unique and can only bring forth the soul (voice) of the writer.

      Secondly, thank God the commenting glitch is fixed! Holy crap! It's like holding your breath longer than you are able when you can't respond to your fellow hubbers!

      Thirdly, when I first began freelancing on the side, about a year ago, I had a hard time writing about the topics that were given to me. At the time I worked for a lady who sent me articles that fit my personality, but I just couldn't get it going. Then I turned on the stereo and spoke with emotion, using my personality and as if I were talking to the reader in person. It all clicked at that point. But, you're right. When writing SEO, you are not as free to do that because you have to come off as an expert, not a friend.

      I will also take advantage of your website listing offered. You are the Pied Piper of Trumpeters, my friend!

      Love Ya!

      Sha

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      Kbdare 4 years ago from Western US.

      Greetings Bill, it is always wonderful to read your encouraging words. When I think back on my own writing, I agree with you, it has morphed and evolve through the years. However, if I read through older pieces I've done the core still sounds like me. As always thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mickster, don't you know now lad, that the Irish don't follow no stinkin' rules of English? You guys get a pass on all of those stupid grammar rules and God bless you for it. :)

      We are going to have a busy weekend for sure my friend...it will blow by before we know it, just like middle age.

      You are that Irish lass of yours have a great weekend too, and keep your lips off of that compressor.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I love the way you stated it....our personalities are, indeed, put on display...if we allow them to be.

      Thank you as always and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your voice speaks loud and clear and becomes more distinct with each day. Keep singing my friend and yes, Thank God the glitch is fixed. I was suffering withdrawals not being able to comment. :)

      Have a great weekend dear lady.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kbdare, interesting observation. I agree....my older writings...I can tell that I wrote them, but my voice is much more refined and distinct now, like I finally cleared my throat and have full use of my vocal chords. :)

      Have a great weekend and thank you as always.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm turning your exercise into a series. I began addressing your exercises in Word and discovered it can be a hub. Due to my wordiness in self-revelation, I've decided to turn my response into a series.

      You're the best!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love it. Good luck with it and I look forward to reading it soon.

      love you,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm working on finalizing the first right now. Hopefully I'll have it ready before you retire for the evening!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I saw it and commented...great job my dear friend.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Great advice from one of the masters. After reading hubs written by a regular writer, I can almost tell what mood they were in when they write. Their writing personality is almost like a signature and might be copied but never exactly duplicated by another writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, great point. I love knowing that my voice is unique in the world....makes me feel special. :) Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      A while back I read a recipe article and thought, "Wow. This sounds like me." Then I realized this was one of my articles, spun by another person. That was the first time I realized I did have a voice.

      I was always good at writing papers in high school and college, but that type of writing doesn't work online. It took a while to get rid of the impersonal term paper voice, which sounds a bit like Noam Chomsky. I still struggle with this sometimes.

      Another great one, Papa B. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Lizzy!

      I do SEO in the mornings, and it is hard for me to switch from that kind of writing to my hubs, so I know what you are talking about. In my humble opinion your voice shines through in your hubs. :)

      Have a great weekend, Lizzy!

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have noticed that I have several voices--my poetry is a symphony, Boomer Lake is a light aria, and everything else, I think, is the storyteller in me around a campfire. What say you, maestro?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think you described your writing perfectly....and I love all three of them. :) Have a great weekend, Deb, and I'll see you at Boomer on Sunday.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing these tips and exercises, Bill. As always, a fine lesson about ways to improve one's craft.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you are very welcome my friend. Thank you for always being here. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So true, billybuc. I so remember the phrase that I learned in English class...writing is "talk written down", so I have always stuck with that. It has really helped me. I just talk and put it in written form. Voted useful and shared! Oh, and I voted funny because of that adorable intro pic/

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am still searching. I love to write and little by little i am finding my voice. Thank you Bill, you are a gym on HP.....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think you've found it, and it is refining or redefining, every single time you write. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thank you Rebecca! I loved the picture too. As for your voice, I like the way you described....just talk and put it in written form. :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the exercises, Bill. They look like they'll be very helpful!

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      You are so right! We all have a voice we must find which makes us stand out as one of a kind. I like the way you express yourself and encourage others. You definetley have the voice to make a difference in people lives. I apprecaited your guides and advice.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Finding a voice is the hardest part in writing. This is hard because most of the time we are easily carried away by the great writer we admire.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A useful hub with some great ideas and tips. I had to smile once or twice, especially when you said to write a grocery list in poetic form, I have a recipe on here written in poetic form and it was a lot of fun to do.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Once again you have taught the class useful information in an interesting fashion.

      Thank you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      You just keep piling on the homework, don't you Teacher. lol

      These are good exercises and, thanks to my writers' group, I'm starting to understand about rhythm and cadence.

      My voice is still an issue. I speak like a college professor and I tend to write like one too. It comes from a lifetime of reading classic English and American literature. I have on several occasions sensed that people were put off by that. But I cannot not do any different; it feels natural to speak this way even though it is at odds with the way I look.

      It's frustrating. I don't want to 'dumb down' because it disrupts my train of thought. But I don't want to frighten people away either. Any suggestions, oh Wise One?

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Every writer is different and have their own voices there is no same kind of writer. You have mentioned unique ways in find ones voice in the writing field and totally agree.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Well, good morning. Now when I read the line where you had told the students to not write like they spoke I was all set to tell you why I thought that may have been a mistake or at least not the way I would have done it. (And after all, who am I??? hee hee)

      And then you followed up explaining that you had encouraged them to write like they spoke in their creative writing and then I was ok.

      The ideas you share here are ones we all can consider even those of us who found our voice at a very young age. To me writing is a way for me to voice (no pun intended I do not suppose :) to share with others our take on whatever...

      Maybe some are still trying to find that voice and through reading this will be lead to allow it to emerge.

      One reason I read your writings is that is consistently filled with food for thought. Whether I agree or disagree, can relate fully to it or not, your voice is there...leading me to draw my own conclusions or to try something new or to be moved to some type of action. And probably much more.

      Our voices are powerful and once finding them deserve to be unleashed.

      Keep on sharing with us, Bill, as I know we will continue to find your writings a place to be challenged and stimulated.

      Have a lovely Saturday....and know that many Angels and blessings and a hug or two are on the way to you and yours :) ps

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is great! I have thought before about my writer's voice, but not to this extent. I like the writing exercises you have provided. They're creative and fun.

      Thanks, Bill, that was an inspirational article.

      Have a good weekend, my Olympian friend :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub once again Billy and you show that even when we have found our 'voice' we can reach even deeper.

      Great tips as always so thank you very much for giving me more food for thought.

      Voting up and sharing.

      Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Allcia! I'm glad you find them helpful. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cat! I love helping people....it's in my blood. :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, that was an interesting comment and I think you are right in many way. I believe you have found your voice; of course, it will change with time as you grow as a writer.

      Thank you for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I love that you did a recipe in poetic form. Bravo for stepping outside the box. That is the only way we will grow as writers. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tireless, thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I understand your dilemma....try some of the exercises in this hub....try writing in different genres....only through practice do we change that which seems natural. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I am very grateful that we are all different in our voices. How boring it would be if we copied each other. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm glad the teacher in you approves of the message. :) I'd hate to have to stay after school and do my punishment homework. :)

      Thank you my friend. If my writing makes people think then I have accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you for giving validity to my writing. Much appreciated.

      Have a great weekend and here come those blessings and a hug

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I am excited that you found this helpful. Thank you for telling me that. Enjoy your weekend, get lots of rest, and know that I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I want to believe that I am always growing as a writer, and as I grow my voice may not change but it does become more refined.

      Thank you my dear. I will be by to visit you shortly.

      love,

      billy

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Love your creative writing suggestions, Bill - especially the one about writing grocery lists in verse. But I have to admit I am stuck. What rhymes with orange? :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I came to check this out promptly seeing that Shauna has written some beautiful work based on your suggestions.

      This is so meaty and interesting...I know I will have to try my hand at some of these cool suggestions myself. You will have me so virtually slender, with all the stretching I am doing...thanks to your inspiration.

      Voted UP and most UABI. Love, Maria

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful hub as always Bill. Thank you so much for this. You are a great teacher. The exercises are interesting. Voted up! Sharing this here and on twitter! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      debj, if you discover the answer to that question you will make millions in trivia. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you my dear and bless Sha's big heart. Keep stretching my friend. You are a beautiful writer and human being.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, thank you for your kind words my young friend. I hope you are enjoying your weekend as well.

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      And don't you just find it fascinating that we even have a "writer's voice" in addition to our speaking one? What gifts we have been given. And what better way to honor the Giver than seeking this voice out and sharing it with others?

      Love the exercises you provided. Thank you.

      Voted useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, we are incredible beings. I love that you wrote that. With all the talents we have been given, it would be a shame not to write.

      Thank you for visiting.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi bill! You've heard me sing my soul through some of my writings here on HP simply because I took the courage to listen to my own voice even if I am sometimes out of tune :) and as I tell myself, "Be Brave. Write"--

      I'll be honest, it took me sometime to finally convince myself that I have a voice and to acknowledge this gift and I thank you for validating it for me through this hub. I still don't have a niche (lol) but I'm on way...getting there.

      If there's anything we have in common, apart from the love of writing and reading, I think it is that we both write from the heart and edit from the head (if need be).

      Definitely bookmarking this so I could repeatedly take the exercises.

      So very pleased we've met here. I surely know where to run in the future. :)

      Thank you for all your wonderful inspirations and motivations.

      Love from the sky~

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      Dyhannah 4 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed your hub. I am not sure why but my writing voice comes in through waves. Each time it emerges, I flow and then it subsides. I like the idea of exercises. Perhaps that will help to kindle and enrich the flow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, that is such a beautiful comment and I thank you for it. Yes, we write from the heart and edit with the head. Let's hope we never let the head do too much editing because I think it is so important that we writers write with a passion that cannot be extinguished.

      Love from Oly

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dyhannah, thank you. Give it time. Whether you know it or not, your voice is growing with each piece that you write. Be patient, and if the exercises help you then fantastic.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I love the exercise you have put in here and am going to give it a try because I am soon to start writing an e-book and it's been too long since I wrote any prose fiction. This looks like a very useful prompt for me to rediscover my voice.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This is such a great lesson! I don't know if the way I write is the "proper" way or not, but it is me. I know I have found my voice - and my writing voice is much stronger than my speaking voice. I can find more ways to share using my writing voice - which is the reason I must write...for me it's not really a choice...

      voted up and across and am sharing, as well!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I'm excited that you are going to write an ebook...best of luck to you. It's cool to see you re-energized and moving in a direction. Good luck and thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaDena, I suspect we are alike regarding our writer's voice. I am a quiet person in real life; my writer's voice is much more powerful than my personal voice. Perhaps that is why we write...it is our way to communicate in a clear and powerful way. :) I happen to like your writer's voice for what it's worth.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      These are great tips. I used to go to Writer's Camp growing up and that was top priority. Once you find your voice, everything falls into place. I love how you say sing your voice because essentially it is the harmony to which you build the melody of words and expressions in a piece. Okay enough musing on this, I should just say great hub!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent advice Bill!

      Yes, we must be very comfortable in our writer's voice, or most likely our writing will not be any good at all. As you do, I love to write about my personal experiences in this life, as that is what I know and am comfortable with in writing, but sometimes I throw in something a little different.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings always, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alecia, you can muse on my site any old time you want to. :) You stated it perfectly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my friend, your writer's voice sings loud and clear. I have no advice for you at all. :)

      Thank you, and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Another challenge comingled with inspiration. Wonder why I adore you? I am beginning to find my voice but as my luck would have it, now I have no time to write. Life's a beach sometimes. lol Hopefully, when the pages of this chapter of my life have been turned, I will have new stories and a stronger voice. Loved this one Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I have no doubt that you will bounce back and be stronger than ever, and I'll be in the front row applauding when that happens. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. I have never really given my writer's voice much consideration. I am guessing I have one, just need to think now about what it might be like. I won't sing though, I might scare the neighbors.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you definitely have a voice, and it will change over time....as for your neighbors....I think they'll survive. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      I have enjoyed reading your tips and have bookmarked them for my future writing. This sounds like a challenge I would love to do. Finding one's voice is a difficult and daunting task if one insecure and unsure of their voice. Writing for me has been an outlet I cling to for many reasons. Posting my first pieces of work here use to make me break out in a sweat. What if someone hated my voice? Was it like listening to someone run their finger down a chalkboard or the sound of laughter after a good joke? It has taken me a long time to find my voice and still there are moments I can't help but wonder...

      Great hub! I will be sure to take on the challenge as soon as time allows me to. Thanks!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tipoague, I remember the feeling well, of posting a hub and then wishing I hadn't for fear of rejection. I think all writers are insecure my friend. Thanks for taking the time to comment her and for making me a bit more secure with your comment. :)

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      Mark Tulin 2 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Good perspective in finding your writing voice. Like the idea that your personality should be reflected in your writing. I also like the idea that your writing will change over time, because you will change over time. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, thank you! I just report what works for me. I'm sure there are many more ways to achieve the same results.

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