How to Develop Your Own Unique Writing Voice
Everyone has their own writing voice, developed over time and with practice. This article will give you tips for developing your own unique writing voice.
Your writing voice writing dialogue includes several qualities: diction (word choice), syntax (word order), rhythm, and use of imagery and idioms. One of the most important things you need to remember, as a writer, is to write vividly, precisely, and clearly. Easier said than done, I know. Here are a few more tips to help your voice stand out.
1. Sound like yourself
One mistake beginning writers make is trying to sound like someone else. There is no need to try to use elevated vocabulary to make you look smarter, for instance. As Janet Burroway says in her brilliant writing book, Imaginative Writing, “the language that comes naturally to you is the fine and proper foundation of your voice.”
2. Increase your vocabulary
While you don’t want to sound like someone else, it is helpful for a writer to be familiar with words. Words are the only essential tool in your toolbox, after all. Learning more vocabulary will give you more raw materials to develop your essays, stories, and articles.
Increase your vocabulary by listening to how others speak or with word-a-day calendars or simply by reading more than you watch television. As you read, note the words you aren’t familiar with and look them up. This is where writers must start, no matter what age or level you are at.
3. Think about your audience
Our speaking voices change depending on who we are speaking to. It is only natural that our writing voice changes depending on the audience, as well. For instance, when you speak to your boss or your teacher, you may phrase things differently and use different vocabulary than when you speak to a close friend.
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