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Writing Tips; Finding Your Voice as a Writer

Updated on April 7, 2016

I write only because/ There is a voice within me/ That will not be still.

— Syvia Plath

Unique Writers

Finding my voice as a writer is one of the hardest things I have done thus far. Now, I have written thousands of articles, and most would say I have a unique voice, and that is exactly what I want; a unique writer's voice.

Uniqueness is the ability to stand out in such a way that it can’t be copied or ignored. -R.D. Hayes

Study the work of your favorite authors. While studying them, take note of the way they write. Do they have an influential voice? Maybe they are humourous. Your favorite authors may even speak to you in such a way that you can’t get enough? These are all different ways that writers write. What's your unique way for readers to recognize your voice?

My favorite type of author is one who is witty, inspirational, humorous, most are in their early to late thirties, and knowledgeable. Let’s say that I read a lot of how-to’s and informative stuff. I know why I like my favorite authors. I inspire to be like them but, not to be them.

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Your writing style shows through your voice, and people like it!

There is one person that has your voice, and so, only one person can write in it. That person is you.

What Finding Your Voice Can Do for You

  1. Allows you to show confidence, even if you have none. I’ve seen some of the most unconfident individuals write some of the best books. These individuals couldn’t sit down with someone over a cup of tea, because they lack the confidence to speak fluently in conversation but, these same individuals have the ability to imagine themselves chatting it up while writing. It is their imagination that inspires them to write.
  2. It can make your readers more interested. I don’t know about you, but I hate reading something that bores me to death. It’s the upbeat content that keeps me entertained. The content that doesn't sound mono.
  3. Makes the reader feel like you are talking directly to them. Using your writing voice helps the reader picture themselves as though they are that individual, or like they are discussing that topic directly with the writer.

Finding your voice helps to keep the reader interested. An interested reader will:

When you have an interested reader, they do amazing things! These things can make a huge difference between having a huge following and being left in other writer's dust.

  1. Comment on your articles, write reviews about you, and even mention you in their own content.
  2. Stay on your page longer. Making the content entertaining by using your voice, will keep the reader engaged and on your page longer, thus making the bounce rate better.
  3. Give you higher click through rates. I always try to understand what made me click on a link. Was it the call to action? Because I trusted the author, if so, why? Most of the time, I trust an author because of the way they write. When I trust a writer, I click on their links more.
  4. Follow your other work. If I like an author, I will hunt them down! I will find them! I will read all their work!
  5. Get to know them on a deeper level. If you were to check out my social media accounts, you would see that I follow all of my favorite writers. The reason people follow me is because I have inspired them in some way. If you build it, they will come!

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How to Find That Voice of Yours

There are too many writers whose main focus is on popularity instead of their writing, and they wonder why their numbers are low. Sheesh!

Now that you know what finding your voice can do for you and why it is important to your readers, let’s talk about how to find your voice.

  1. Your voice is how you speak in an article or blog post. It can be the determining factor between great articles, and one that no one remembers.
  2. Stopping to find your voice is worth the time and effort. It takes some people years, before they learn to master their writing voice, while others are natural born writers. Once you find your voice, your content will become a lot better, people will begin to follow you, and you will gain profit from this following. Enough said!
  3. Always pretend like the person is right next to you, engaging in an important conversation. The conversation can’t become boring or that person’s going to leave. Talk in a way that they will listen and want to comment back. Ask questions, tell them how important stuff is, and make them believe you by writing to them.
  4. Picture your reader and describe him. This was something I picked up from Goins Writer and it has worked for me a million times. What type of reader are you writing to? Are they intelligent? Funny? In their mid-thirties? A writer themselves? Muscular? What type of things do they read? For example; I picture my readers to be intelligent single moms, who are struggling to make ends meet but are also a struggling writer themselves. They are witty and try to learn something new every day, and like to eat ice-cream while watching lifetime.Figure out who you are writing to and begin the conversation with them in mind.
  5. Study books, articles, and blogs by your favorite authors. Everyone, including you, has their favorites. There is a reason that you call them your favorite. More than likely, they make you feel comfortable while reading their material. Their material is easy for you to read and you feel as though it is directed to you. So why not learn from how they write? What was it about their writing that you liked so much? How is their writing voice?
  6. Keep a journal. I’ve had a journal for a long time, and some of the things I put in it are things I want to remember forever. I want to remember how I felt that day while writing it so, while writing, I am vulnerable. When I read my journal, I have this writing voice that lets me go back into that place in time. Try reading your journal and see what your writing voice sounded like. The voice you used is often the same voice your readers want.
  7. Keep on keeping. Yeah, let’s not do this. How about instead, we learn as much as we can and never stop learning? I have written articles for a years and have made it my mission to learn a new skill every day on writing. Have you ever gone back and read something you wrote a year ago? I have, and it wasn’t pretty. Thankfully there is an edit button. My edit button gets used on the daily for sure.
  8. Have fun while writing. Over the years I have seen writers come and go. I always get the same excuse; they became bored with it. Why yes, you will become bored with it if you aren't having fun. If you are bored while writing, what do you think it’s doing to your readers?

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Conclusion and Letting Yourself Go

Talk to me! Talk to me! Talk to me baby!

Content is refurbished daily, so why would someone want to read yours as opposed to someone else's? I don’t care who you are, I can see two articles on the exact same thing and I will always read the one that keeps me entertained. Ask yourself what you can do to make it different from everyone else's.

I write, and then I re-write. In my first draft I somewhat let myself go. I speak from the heart, if you will. I do so because I know that when I do, I am going to create a real work of art that people want to read. I put pen to paper and don’t worry about the rest. My first rough draft is valuable since it's the closest I will get to my natural voice. It’s important to be the writer your readers want.

I get asked often if I can teach someone to write like me. Truth is, there is only one me so the answer is a resounding no. I can, however, teach you to write like you. Ha-ha! Do you see what I did there? There is only one you, and only you can find your writing voice.

In conclusion; take these tips and find your writing voice. Keep learning daily and always try to write as though you are having a nice conversation with your readers. Make your mark in the world of writing and be an inspiration to other writers.

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    • rosaflorence profile imageAUTHOR

      R D Hayes 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thank you AmberLockheart. I am always grateful when I can help someone and they show their appreciation with a comment.

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      Amber Lockheart 

      2 years ago

      my writing voice changes from time to time and, according to your article, I guess it should depending on who the audience is. Wonderful Article on finding your voice.

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