How To Obtain Your Writer’s Voice

In order to create your writer’s voice, write.  It’s that simple.  Once you complete something, read it aloud.  Your physical voice will tell you where your writing voice sounds false.  It’s indicated by a stutter or a pause.  Whenever this happens, pay attention to those words or phrases; you may want to delete or revise them.  Reading aloud also helps you pace your writing.  You’ll feel where your passages are too slow or too quick.

Trust yourself.

If you love to speak more than write, you can use a tape recorder; next, jot everything down later.  Even though I don’t use a tape recorder, I whisper to myself when I write, especially with character’s dialogue.  I imitate their voices to see if it sounds like a natural conversation before jotting it down.

So, the next time you see someone chatting or whispering to themselves, don’t automatically think he or she is crazy, weird.  It’s probably just a writer trying to perfect his or her craft.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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