Wednesday, March 17, 2010

AN ARTICLE FOR ALL ASPIRING WRITERS (EVEN THOSE WRITING TO PASS EXAMS!)

Tips to Find Your Writer’s Voice  
by C. Patrick Schulze

The word, “voice” is almost a reverent term within literary circles. Quite often, this highly sought yet nebulous prize is mentioned with a sigh as if one speaks of their life’s lost love. Every agent seeks that single “unique voice” among writers as if it were a talisman upon which they mayhang their future. Some say voice is so essential to a writer’s success, it outweighs the craft of writing itself. 
 
Some say “voice” cannot be taught, while others say it is among the simplest of things for an author to develop. I guess that depends upon whether you’ve found yours or not. Regardless, in my opinion, it’s already within you. All you need do is find it and usher it forth.

What is “voice” and what purpose does it serve? Well, Dictionary.com defines it as, “The distinctive style or manner of expression of an author or of a character in a book.” The phrase I see as most important in this definition is, “distinctive style”. I believe it is the way you, the author within, artistically projects your personality onto the page. It is the combination of tone, syntax or grammar, and the way you combine the words you choos. It is the distinct flavor or personality that reveals itself on the printed page.

So how might one develop their distinctive voice? Here are some tips:

Write with Your Heart.
Insure the words you put on the page are from your personality. When you do this, your voice virtually comes to life of its own accord. Not to say editing won’t be necessary, but to find your voice, seek your words from within your essence. Don’t try to mimic another writer. You should certainly study and learn from them, but your words should come from your soul.

Read the rest of the tips here.

3 comments:

  1. Students complain about "writer's block" very often. I'm sure they'll find these tips useful.

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  2. Exactly! Let me tell you that this post belongs to a blog that has to do with all types of writing- students should check it out, as it may prove unexpectedly handy.

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  3. I enjoyed your blog. I am currently writing a book about my deceased daughter. I have decided to return to school at 57 years of age to hone my skills. Your readers may be interested in my blog about returning to school as an adult. It is NEVER too late!

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