I’ve often come across editors looking for writers with a distinctive voice. Someone who has their own unique style and persona and isn’t afraid to let that show in their penmanship. How you write is just as important as what you write.
In fact, having your own distinct voice and style is what will set you apart from other writers. And here at The Content Fair, we’re all about helping writers succeed in an increasingly competitive market.
When I started to work as a full-time writer, I realized that almost all editors were looking for writers with a special voice. Some editors wanted someone with a quirky voice, others sought for a frank, no-nonsense writer that wasn’t afraid to rip the Band-Aid, and still some wanted writers with a flowery and colorful voice.
So, how can you keep the you in your writing and really shine through in the industry? Here are some useful tips for writers:
Add your personality
Are you an old-fashioned person? Or do you like being blunt? Or are you really funny? Identify your personality and add a good measure of it in your writing. Your blogs should reflect who you are.
Add your own style
Now that you’ve added a generous dose of your personality in your writing, it’s time to add a dash of your personal style. One of the most useful tips for writers for developing their specific style is by writing just like the way they talk. Your voice should be a reflection of what makes you, well, you. Your attitude and the tone of your voice make up your personal style. Just like a singer has their own signing voice, a writer has their writing voice. Identify that voice by just letting go and writing from your heart. Let is flow naturally.
To better understand the concept of personal style, consider this: You might feel like you’re “hearing” my voice while reading this but it’s actually my personal style that makes you feel like you’re “hearing” me right now.
Use a strong and consistent voice
Have you ever noticed that when you read a good book, you tend to develop the author’s voice and writing style? Your voice can change over time and be heavily influenced by the books, articles and blogs you read. But it’s important to maintain your voice and style consistently so that editors can rely on you to produce work that always reflects your individuality.
Take your time in developing a distinctive voice
New freelance writers should nurture their authentic voice by writing a lot. The more you write, the more your natural writing style shines through. This process takes time and patience, but it’s worth it in the long-run.
Set your heart free and just write. Sometimes, you might over-think things as a freelance writer, but it’s important not to. One of the most useful tips for writers that I’ve come across is to simply let go of all the fears, inhibitions and mental blocks and stop chasing perfection. Just write.
Later, when you’re editing, remember to ensure that you read the words out loud. They should just roll off of your tongue. You should feel like you’re talking to a friend.
To summarize, identity your personality and add it to your writing. Then, write like you talk in order to find your inimitable style and maintain it. Be patient in developing your voice and finally, just be yourself, don’t worry too much, and have fun penning that article, blog, essay, novel or poem.