This is the first of a 10-part series on writing. Just to introduce what Writing 101 is firstly. This is my craft and I love it so there’s no catch here as sometimes there is with things like this such as here’s some tips but I have a course for $159 that you really should join. I also don’t claim to be an expert on all things writing but I have a lot of experience in it. Why I’m doing this free course you could say is because so many people would love to write and just need tips to start them off. It also works for any writer at any stage of their journey. And I think it’ll be a lot of fun. 🙂
So without further rambling let’s get on with lesson 1:
Finding Your Writer’s Voice
- Being Authentic
The real key to finding your writing voice is to let go and let the words spill onto the page that are really what you want to write or another way of saying that, the words that come from your heart. If you want to, you can refine them later. Though I would say try not to over refine them. When you do it can feel contrived. That isn’t to say it won’t be good but you might lose a lot of the realness that makes a reader say “I felt the same way and no one has ever said that.” The way to make readers identify is be true and open.
2. But What If I Find It Hard To Open Up?
This is a difficult question to answer because you only can decide yourself what you feel comfortable opening up about. But the easy way of getting around that is by creating a fictional character. In a story, it won’t be a problem as they are all fictional characters. Where it might is in poetry where a lot of poetry is written from the perspective of the poet. But not all poetry is so do like in a story and invent a character. Yes, people still might think the character is based on you, many people think every character is based on the writer (and not all of them obviously could be) but you’re safe because they can’t be sure.
3. But Wouldn’t It Be Easier to Copy People?
If you read a lot then you will definitely be inspired by writers consciously or subconsciously and that’s an excellent thing. But it should never overshadow your writing voice. Your writing voice with it’s originality is your currency in the writing game. It’s your USP (Unique Selling Point). It should be so distinct that someone reading your work should have a feeling it’s yours without your name on it. And you can’t fake it. You can’t copy someone and do it as well as them because that’s their writing voice. You need to go inside yourself for your own writing voice.
4. But What If People Don’t Like My Writing Voice?
I won’t lie to you, there’ll be people who will love it and people who won’t. This is certainly a profession where you get a lot of highs but a lot more lows. Be thick-skinned. Don’t take it personally, it isn’t personal when someone rejects your work. And most certainly don’t lose your writing voice. You’ll need it when someone is simply waiting for your style, for a fresh writing voice.
5. My Writing Voice Isn’t Structured. What Can I Do?
Firstly if your writing voice is naturally structured, that’s grand. If not, that’s equally grand. The point is it’s yours. You are comfortable with it and when you are comfortable you do your best work. You hear a lot about structure in writing and there’s no such thing as one structure. There’s many structures and one of them is being completely free and writing what you feel. It’s an unstructured structure I suppose. Just be comfortable because when you are there is a very good chance you’ll produce good work. Not work everyone will love but no matter what way you write, not everyone will love it.
Key Points Summary
- The real key to finding your writing voice is to let go and let the words spill onto the page that are really what you want to write or another way of saying that, the words that come from your heart.
- Create fictional characters if you feel uncomfortable opening up while writing a character based on yourself.
- Your writing voice with it’s originality is your currency in the writing game. It’s your USP (Unique Selling Point).
- You can’t copy someone and do it as well as them because that’s their writing voice. You need to go inside yourself for your own writing voice.
- If people don’t like your writing voice, keep it. Someone will.
- Your work can be structured or unstructured as long as you are comfortable writing in the style. Your best work is produced when you are comfortable.