Freelance Writing: Finding Your Voice

Have you ever wondered how you can develop your own “voice” as a writer? There are different ways to experiment with tone and style that can help you find your unique voice. In reality, there is really only one true way to find your voice, and that is to write as much as you can. That is such general advice, but don’t worry. Here are some more specific tips that can help you find your voice.

Read a variety of tones, styles, and genres of writing. It is common to fall into the habit of mimicking someone else’s voice if you read their material long enough. This is especially true if you feel that someone else’s style is particularly good. If you constantly read different authors, it will be harder resort to mimicking any one style. At the beginning, you may find that you will mimic the most recent author you read. After a while, you may be able to pinpoint the consistencies in your own writing, which will be the early development of your writing voice.

Write about things that you are passionate about. You don’t have to publish these things online or share them with anyone. Select an audience in your mind to address with your piece. Then, let loose about something you are extremely opinionated about. Write in the manner that you would speak. One of the best ways to find your writing voice is to express what is in your heart. You may not know that you had it inside of you.

Experiment with different voices. You can sort of “try a voice on” to see how comfortable it is. You may be able to find something that suits you and comes naturally to you in this way.

Your voice will flow out of you naturally. Read your writing and compare it against other things you have written. You may have already found your voice, but you don’t use it all of the time. Perhaps your voice is there, but it needs fine tuning so that others will better understand you.

Just keep writing, and your voice will call out to you.

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  1. Yeah, I’d agree with all that – I have to be careful though. I find if I read one writer too extensively I start writing in ‘their’ voice, which is great for about three pages until I lose the plot, because actually I can’t sustain it. In any case, as you say, having my own voice is what counts. They way I found mine – if hopefully I have – was by writing, writing, writing, until after many thousands of words I began to feel I was in control of the words, rather than them being in control of me. Of course, that doesn’t always follow, because even the most skilled of us (and I am not yet one of those) fall of a cliff at the most awkward moment and find themselves dried up and stuck for words. Thanks for the post, most helpful. Ali


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