To be a writer you must cultivate your “voice”. One of the definitions of voice found in http://www.merriam-webster.com is “an instrument or medium of expression”. Expression. Expressing one’s self and opinions is very important in blogging. Personal and business blogs are expressing a point of view primarily. How do you find your voice? Well for one thing it takes practice. The best way to improve and find your voice is as all writers will say is by writing. Nobody can do it for you. You want to be a writer? Then you must write. There are a lot of books on how to write and ideas for churning ideas and structure of writing but one must sit down and do it. You want to be a blogger? You must blog. Find an idea and start the flow by writing about it. Write a few things and sit down and read them all through and see what similarities exist. The similarities that exist show you what your voice is, or is becoming.
The following was found on http://goinswriter.com/writing-voice/ which provides the reader with 10 great tips on finding your voice.
An exercise for finding your voice
Not sure where to start? No problem. Most of us need help understanding our voice. Here’s a short exercise that can help you — just follow these 10 steps:
- Describe yourself in three adjectives. Example: snarky, fun, and flirty.
- Ask (and answer) the question: “Is this how I talk?”
- Imagine your ideal reader. Describe him in detail. Then, write to him, and only him. Example: My ideal reader is smart. He has a sense of humor, a short attention span, and is pretty savvy when it comes to technology and pop culture. He’s sarcastic and fun, but doesn’t like to waste time. And he loves pizza.
- Jot down at least five books, articles, or blogs you like to read. Spend some time examining them. How are they alike? How are they different? What about how they’re written intrigues you? Often what we admire is what we aspire to be. Example: Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, Ernest Hemingway, and C.S. Lewis. I like these writers, because their writing is intelligent, pithy, and poignant.
- List your favorite artistic and cultural influences. Are you using these as references in your writing, or avoiding them, because you don’t think people would understand them. Example: I use some of my favorite bands’ music in my writing to teach deeper lessons.
- Ask other people: “What’s my voice? What do I sound like?” Take notes of the answers you get.
- Free-write. Just go nuts. Write in a way that’s most comfortable to you, without editing. Then go back and read it, asking yourself, “Do I publish stuff that sounds like this?”
- Read something you’ve recently written, and honestly ask yourself, “Is this something I would read?” If not, you must change your voice.
- Ask yourself: “Do I enjoy what I’m writing as I’m writing it?” If it feels like work, you may not be writing like yourself. (Caveat: Not every writer loves the act of writing, but it’s at least worth asking.)
- Pay attention to how you’re feeling. How do you feel before publishing? Afraid? Nervous? Worried? Good. You’re on the right track. If you’re completely calm, then you probably aren’t being vulnerable. Try writing something dangerous, something a little more you. Fear can be good. It motivates you to make your writing matter.
Very great tips and one that I particularly like is number 4
“Jot down at least five books, articles, or blogs you like to read. Spend some time examining them. How are they alike? How are they different? What about how they’re written intrigues you? Often what we admire is what we aspire to be. “
I love how the writer suggests to read! Read what you are attracted to and see the similarities. That is a key point in finding your voice. Reading helps you become a better writer as you pick up on new words, terms, and sentence structuring. A good rule of thumb is to read as often as you write. It allows you to stay fresh. Reading can spurn ideas as well!
During my personal journey of developing a blog for my course requirement involved reading, and brainstorming of ideas. The best thing I found is to just write and spew all your words first without concentrating on proper structure. Sometimes the best ideas are freshest when not worrying about grammar. Grammar can be edited and fixed after. The creative process must be captured in the moment.
Another great tool to finding your voice is by doing a journal. There are so many things you can journal. You can doodle, make lists, scrapbook, write poetry, write out your thoughts, create stories, and the list goes on. Make it your own. This is your creative outlet to be free with your mind and allow it to take you places in your writing.
The following video says it very well. Short and sweet and to the point please take a moment to view the video on finding your voice.
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