One of the most important things a writer can do is identify their voice. Many of the most distinctive writers have made their voice so recognizable that their work can be identified by readers without the mention of their names. This is what keeps readers coming back for more- the knowledge that they will like what they are going to get from you every single time.
But how do you develop your voice? And how do you make it unique?
- Really understand what you are trying to create.Your voice is what you bring to a piece that no one else can. Do you view things from a different perspective? String beautiful imagery together like no one else? Or maybe just open your big mouth as wide as you can? Figure out what you do best and emphasize it.
- Try different things. Sometimes what you think you are good at is entirely different from what others think your forte is. Ask people to read your work and tell you what they think. What makes your work identifiable as your own? Try focusing on what your critics mention for a while, then reevaluate.
- Be consistent. People who come back to view your writing do so because they enjoy what they have previously encountered. Throwing something completely different out there will not only confuse readers, but also drive them away as they won’t really know what they should expect from you.
- Write about what you care about.Readers can tell the difference between a piece that was written simply to get it over with and a piece that was written with enthusiasm. If you are personally invested in your work you will have a much easier time finding a your voice since your natural passion will come forward through your words.
- Keep your audience in mind.Who do you want to write for? What would they like to read? Can you tailor your skills to this type of work, or possibly bulk up your experience to reach this level? Figure out what needs to be done in order for you to gain acceptance from this crowd and see if it is compatible with what you are capable of doing.