5 Reasons to Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice
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Through the monthly Productivity & Organizing Blog Carnival, the weekly blog share in the Blogging Organizers group, and my own interests, I read a lot of blog posts by organizing and productivity consultants. In some cases, I’d be able to identify the bloggers without even seeing the website banner, because they’ve developed their own writing voice.
According to Jami Gold, a non-fiction voice, such as you’d use in blog posts, grows out of the following elements:
- formality of word choice, punctuation, and sentence structure
- depth of sharing personal information
- topics addressed
- opinions, insights, and thoughts about what we share
- overall style
- how you express yourself as a brand
- use of attention-grabbing formatting
- use of em-dashes, parentheses, asides, crossed-out words, etc.
- use of emojis or other emotion cues
If you have a dry voice, readers may consider your writing to be dull, factual, and monotone. On the other hand, if you have a humorous, first-person voice, they’re more likely to find it entertaining.
Developing an authentic voice will help you grow a loyal audience in many different ways.
1. You’ll share more of your experiences and personal observations.
When you find your voice, you’ll start expressing your unique thoughts, experiences, and observations.
The more distinct your voice becomes, the more you open yourself up to further sharing. Consequently, people will connect with you and your writing even more.
2. An authentic voice will make your writing more personal.
When you write in your own voice, your choice of words will strike your readers at an emotional level and you’ll show them you understand their struggles and issues.
3. You’ll stop using clichés.
A cliché is a word, phrase, or expression that’s overused. Clichés are boring, but when you develop an authentic voice in your writing, you’ll have more interesting conversations with your readers and a better reputation.
4. You’ll become more aware of your observations.
As you observe people, pay attention to their dialogue, including their silences, interruptions, and cues. This deeper understanding will make it much easier to see the world through your readers’ eyes and connect with them through your writing.
5. You’ll write more often and create better content.
Once you’ve discovered your authentic voice, you’ll probably realize how much you love to write. You may even start to make time to write every day!
More importantly, you’ll create content your audience will love, and it won’t feel like work because your writing will reflect your own thoughts and personality.
But you’ll only find your writing voice by actually writing, so stop making excuses and get to work!
An authentic writing voice is an exciting and rare thing. Many writers think they don’t have one, but if you know your audience and what they need to hear, you’ll be able to convey your feelings through your words.
Do you have a clearly defined voice for your blog? How did you come up with it?