Is your content lacking a distinct writer voice? Scripted writer Melanie D. offers her tips for letting your voice shine through your work.
The writer's voice is a mysterious yet necessary ingredient for a writer's work to ascend to a professional level. Many authors struggle with a writing style that is lacking a distinct voice, leaving them searching for answers on how to spice up their work. Mediocre writing might attract mediocre pay, but developing a unique voice can attract greater recognition in the industry.
Captivating writing is highly sought after by the big players of the publishing world, meaning that writers who can accomplish this can receive greater recognition and better compensation. Daring to reach beyond your abilities will eventually pay off, as the bigger leagues pay professional rates to those few writers willing to put in the time and effort to excel in their field.
Luckily, there are many paths to producing a unique writer voice. Here are some creative techniques to help your writing style blossom.
Analyze Your Speaking Voice
Start by aligning your spoken words to your writing voice. Many people are surprised by how different they sound when they've recorded their voice and played it back. Do your spoken words sound similar to the ones you've written on paper?
You may discover that your internal voice gets suppressed when you're writing thoughts down because you're attempting to edit while writing. Try aligning your writing style to your actual speaking voice to create more unique written content. Injecting the way you speak into your writing will help it to sound more like you and less like every other writer out there.
Practice inserting humor into your writing to align your written words with your personal style. Don't go overboard by turning everything into a joke, but try creating one good punch line for an opening. Effective humor will get you noticed and may cover up other minor faults in your work, particularly if you are entertaining and engaging. Giving readers a good laugh will convince them to subscribe to more of your content.
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Creating analogies can set you apart from other writers -- not so much because you're confirming you attended eighth-grade English, but because these literary devices highlight your choices in life. Comparisons between subjects can provide a glimpse inside the writer's mind, showcasing their morals and ethics.
Allowing your thoughts to flow freely onto paper may provide the hook that your piece needs. Discard and edit until you've reached the focus of your article.
If your writing has been particularly bland and boring on a topic that you are normally passionate about, it's time to examine why. Don't be afraid to capitalize on your fears or worries. The best time to write is when you're feeling particularly vulnerable -- your readership will sympathize with you. Don't be afraid to be radical in your writing, especially if that's your style in real life.
A writer's voice can build a better bridge to your readers, allowing them to meet the real you. It's your key to connecting to your audience, the people who are eagerly awaiting what you have to say. While money may be the ultimate goal, a writer that can create an effective voice may be just what exclusive blogs are clamoring to find.
All authors finds their unique voice in their own time. The good news is that it's not something that you've lost, but rather a quality that you must finely tune and develop.
How do your establish your writer's voice? Let us know in the comments below.
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