The Truth About Finding Your Writing Voice
The key to developing a strong voice is to cut away the monotony, the boredom, the wordy sludge hiding your message.
Finding your writing voice is perhaps the biggest challenge we face as writers. “A strong voice helps us stand out in a snot-green ocean of boring content”……says Henneke
A unique voice helps you bond with your readers, enticing them to come back to “hear” your voice again. An energetic voice makes us feel good about our writing.
How can you find your writing voice?
It is important to remember that your writing voice develops over time.
When you speak, your sentences are often unfinished.
You make grammar mistakes without anyone noticing.
You use words and phrases and even whole sentences that are redundant.
You know what I mean?
When you write you only have words to communicate your message.
Here are 4 ways detailed by Henneke, that will not only help you to strengthen your writing voice but help you to resonate with your audience as well, which as writers is what we want to accomplish.
1. Be concise
- A strong voice starts with clarity of thought.
- You need to know exactly what you want to communicate, so you can present your ideas clearly.
- What do you want your reader to remember from your content? And what action should he take?
- Can you explain this in one sentence?
2. Appeal to your reader
- Good writing is a conversation with your reader.
- You sneak into his mind because you want to answer his questions, help him with his struggles, overcome his objections to buying from you.
- A strong voice speaks the reader’s language, uses the phrases the reader recognizes and understands.
3. Paint clear pictures
- Sometimes you need to use more words to make an emotional connection.
- To touch, tickle, and dazzle.
- Stating the bare facts doesn’t communicate your message.
- To connect with your readers, you need to make them feel your words.
- Paint a picture in your reader’s mind.
- Make your words more sensory and emotional.
4. Add rhythm to your writing
- A monotone voice is flat and boring.
- Without excitement. Without surprising the reader. Without stressing key points.
- Mix long sentences with short sentences.
- Use one-sentence paragraphs to stress certain points.
When you focus on concise and clear language, your voice will appear as by magic.
Your content will shimmer and shine. And your readers will fall in love with you.
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