I would like to talk about your writing voice. I have read many different posts, articles, and blogs yet no one can answer the question, “How do you find your writing voice? How do you know what your voice is?” The answers always seem so vague. Nothing I have read has been helpful in pinpointing or developing this phantom “voice” that all of us writers talk about. Well friends, today I am going to change that. When you are done reading this post, not only will you know what your writing voice is and where it comes from, you will know how to continue to cultivate it. I am going to give you a simple writing exercise. Take these three words:
Now I want you to free-write a page about what each word brings to your mind. I want you to really dig deep. Sit with each word, and think for a minute. What do these words make you feel? What unique familiarity have you experienced in relation to these words? Think about each word separately. When you are ready, just write. Write until you have run out of words. Try to fill a page, but if you can’t that’s okay too. When you are done with each word, look at your exercise, at what you have written. Your experiences in life, your feelings, you put them into words that only you could write. This, friend, is the beginning of your writing voice. From now on, when you take a prompt a day, or free-write for your twenty minute session, whatever your personal writing routine is for the day, continue to cultivate and nurture this uniqueness. This is what sets you apart from other writers. This is what makes your message special. No one else can write it quite like you. Embrace the beauty that is your very own writing voice and share it with the world. Happy writing, writers! Until next time…..Be blessed.
There are so many benefits of keeping a writing journal I scarcely know where to start. Let me ask, where do you keep all of those great ideas you spend so much time downloading from the internet? When you read suggestions and tips to enhance your writing skills do you apply them, or do you just have a master list collecting dust somewhere? If you want to become a better writer you must write. When you spot a prompt that intrigues you, record your phrase, paragraph, short story, or poem (whatever comes to mind!) in your writing journal. All of those wonderful tips that catch your eye need to have a special place where you can locate them easily. I have books with journal ideas for every day of the year. There are so many writing exercises out there that are fun and interesting. The point is to get you writing. Anything that inspires you to put words on paper is effective and helpful. Recording all of these entries, whether you jot down an idea or write a 15 page short story, is imperative to your progress as a writer. A significant benefit of a writing journal is you have a place that reflects your growth. You can put your progress and affirmations out in the universe. All writers need a place to freewrite, or even a space that you can scribble your frustrations about writing. Every writer can prosper intellectually from practicing new techniques, writing from a different point of view, or experimenting with another genre. You can tape or paste photos from a magazine or your own gallery into your journal. You can draw maps for worlds you’ve created. A writer’s journal is organized chaos.It is yours to be as wacky or as practical as your writing is! A neat little package for all of your writing ideas and exercises. A journal is a powerful tool for experimentation and reflection.
Choosing a journal that appeals to you is significant. You want a notebook that inspires you and makes you want to write inside of it. Another essential aspect is selecting a journal, is finding one small enough to conveniently carry with you, either in your laptop case or pocketbook. That way it is easily accessible if you spot or hear something that inspires you to jot an entry, blurb, or just a thought/idea. It is key to write it down quickly, because you will not remember it later no matter how hard you attempt to convince yourself you will.
If the physical act of implementing pen and paper does not appeal to you, there are several journal apps or software to get you started. Many of them are free. Pretty much anything you can do with regular journal, you can do with the digital version. What type of journal you use is unimportant, what is, is that you use one. Even ten minutes a day can benefit your writing significantly.