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What is Writing Voice?

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By Amethyst ChampagnePublished 2 years ago 3 min read
What is Writing Voice?
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Hi there, it's me again, and for this post, I will be talking about what writing voice is and how you can discover yours if you haven't yet.

As we all know, everyone has a unique way of speaking, and it's difficult to duplicate. Well, writing voice is the way someone writes. It can sound like their speaking voice or sound completely different, but it's unique to the person.

And it can range from casual to formal, depending on the audience. Different genres have different expectations on how you express your thoughts and ideas.

Even though I have a primary voice, which sounds like my internal monologue (Because what writer doesn't talk to themselves, haha), it varies from the types of stories and posts I write.

My fiction voice aligns closely with the personalities of my characters, while my Writing Tips posts, blog posts, and stories about myself carry a more conversational tone. And my poems have a life of their own.

So if you find this is happening to you, don't worry. It's normal. In fact, you should play around with your writing voice, especially if you're new to writing.

Like with anything, it will take time, consistency, trial, and error. Lots and lots of trial and error.

And don't be afraid to bounce around between various genres. If multiple subjects interest you, write about them. The worst thing a writer can do is to become stuck in a particular category. Or to stop entirely.

Your writing voice may not be the same as your speaking voice either.

In some cases, I have noticed that with my writing. I tend to be more outgoing when writing to someone versus talking to them in person. I suppose it's easier for me to sound friendly online.

And if something similar is happening to you, that's okay. It's normal to feel freer online than in person. People can't see you. They can't talk to you face to face about their opinions. And it's harder to feel anxious about a story or post when you can't see others read it.

But the best way to discover your voice is to write and write a lot. Find prompts, read stories and articles, look for inspiration in your life, scour your memories.

It doesn't matter where you get your ideas as long as they are in your words.

Also, don't try to copy from your favorite authors. I know it's tempting to write the way they do because you love their style, but people will notice and call you out on it.

And I'm pretty sure you don't want to be embarrassed, either in person or online. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't play around with some of their writing techniques.

See what does and doesn't mesh with your style. Maybe even take notes while you're reading one of their stories to find out the reasons why you love their writing so much.

In the past, I have taken certain techniques of authors I like, trying to see if they work for my writing style. While it was fun and informative, I realized that, for the most part, I like the way I write.

Not saying I couldn't improve. Especially with elaborating on my ideas and details, since I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to my writing, my pieces usually ranging between the six to eight hundred word mark.

I am getting better with that, though. It does help that Vocal now has a word bank to help me keep track of my word count. (No, I don't copy and paste from Word. I find that too tedious.)

Anyway, as I said before, the best way to discover your writing voice is to play around, and before you know it, you'll be writing the way you were meant to. And now go sit down and write!

Until next time.

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Amethyst Champagne

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