Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice

A writer’s voice is the most critical aspect of his writing because he controls the way readers perceive the content. Just as an actor’s demeanor and poise determine what people say about their work, a writer’s voice determines what kind of content he publishes.

It also determines the type of audience he will attract. For example, if a writer has a dry voice, readers may perceive the writing as dull, factual, and monotone. On the other hand, readers may perceive the content as more entertaining if a writer has a humorous, first-person voice.

By developing an authentic voice, a writer’s audience will become loyal to his writing.

So why would you want to develop an authentic voice? Consider these reasons:

  • You’ll share more of your experiences and personal observations. Something distinct happens when you find your voice. You’ll start speaking in a voice that’s unique to your thoughts, experiences, and observations.
  • And the more unique your voice becomes, the more you open up to sharing more of your experiences, ideas, and observations. As a result, people will enjoy your writing more and respond to it.
  • You become more conscious of your observations. Everyone views the world through different lenses. But only a few even know these lenses exist. When you develop an authentic voice, you’ll begin to observe people and take note of their dialogue.
  • You’ll notice their silences, interruptions, and cues. You’ll learn how they put their words into context when the words themselves don’t mean much.
  • Writing in this way connects you to your observations and your listener, making your writing authentic.
  • You’ll stop clichés. A cliché is a word, phrase, or expression that’s overused. A cliché is boring. When you use authentic language, your writing is more interesting, and your listeners are more likely to pay attention to what you’re saying.
  • That’s what happens when you develop an authentic voice in your writing. The result? You’ll have more interesting conversations and a better reputation.
  • You’ll develop a daily writing habit. By the time you acquire your authentic voice, you’ll realize how much you love to write. You’ll start to make time to write every day, and you’ll create content your audience will love. And it won’t feel like work because your writing will be your authentic voice.
  • Writing will become to you as breathing is to the rest of us. It’s interesting to note, too, that you’ll only find your writing voice by actually writing. So, stop making excuses and get to work.
  • An authentic voice means details you write will be intimate. When you write in an authentic voice, one of the most satisfying things is when you write something so personal, so intimate, that a reader feels as if you know them better than they know themselves.
  • That’s the power of an authentic voice. Your choice of words will strike the reader at an emotional level. And you’ll be able to move the reader’s heart by showing them you understand their struggles and issues.

An authentic writing voice is an exciting and rare thing. Many writers think they don’t have one, but if you know your audience and what they need to hear, you’ll be able to convey your feelings through your words.

Remember, when you develop an authentic voice in your writing, you’ll start to notice these things. You’ll be more likely to share more of your experiences and personal observations. And you’ll get more conscious of your observations. Your writing will also become more engaging. And you’ll develop a daily writing habit.

But you should know that creating your authentic voice is not a simple task. It is an effort to refine the language and tone you use in your writing. And it requires knowledge and practice of the English language.

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