“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde
The only way to sustain your writing career and avoid burning out trying to be like everyone else is to find and develop your writing voice. Your writing voice is your unique approach to the world. Your writing needs to have its style and personality. This is what gives you authenticity.
Wondering how you can find your writing voice? Keep reading…
1) Write from passion. If you don’t care about the things you’re writing about, you will never discover your true voice. Your voice is stifled when you write about a genre you hate. ‘Voice’ lives in the deep closet of your soul, and will only venture out when you’ve given it space to move and room to breathe.
2) Free-write. Write what you please, or in a way that is most comfortable to you. Your writing voice should be natural to you. Once you are done writing, go back and compare it to your other articles you have written, do they sound alike? If they don’t then you need to check whether you’re truly writing from your heart.
3) Read your previous articles. To find your writing voice you may need to read what you have previously written. Does it sound like what you will love to read? Your writing voice must sound like you and interest you. If it does not you may need to change the way you write.
4) Write to your ideal reader. Your writing voice should appeal to your ideal reader. How can you ensure that it does? Describe your ideal reader in detail, what does he look like, what does he like? For example: your ideal reader can be a secondary school student who loves fashion but is struggling with his academics. What do you think he will like to know? Once you have done that, write to him and him alone.
We hope this helps.
Have you found your writing voice through other means, let us know in the comments section.