Writing voice
02
Feb

10 Ways to Connect With Your Writing Voice

The term writing voice is used to group together the characteristics of a writer. The characteristics of a writer will be based on their opinions, beliefs, desires, hopes, morals etc, and the tone they use to convey all these things.

Your writing voice is distinctive to you, and you alone. No two writers should be of the same voice, similar perhaps, but not the same. Because as with every human that exists, we each have DNA that is unique to us, the individual. Much like how your writer’s voice will be unique to you.

If you have been writing for an age and have lost connection to your writing voice (which can happen), then you may be worrying whether you’ll ever link back to it. Though it’s worth highlighting that if you have lost your connection to the voice you once wrote in, perhaps you need to understand the reason why this has happened. As writers we change and evolve, and it stands to reason that a writing voice needs to do the same.

As a new writer that may be trying to find your voice, this can be a scary time for you. After all, it’s this voice that’s going to get you published, secure the new job, write the article that you’ve pitched for… whatever it is, your writing voice will be the difference between being accepted and rejected. The fear of getting this wrong can be epic. This can put a lot of pressure on a person.

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However, the point to remember when you’re trying to find your writing voice, whether it be a re-connection of self, to start afresh after a period of evolution or to find it for the first time, there is one secret that you must always remember – never be afraid to be yourself. You true writing voice is valuable and special. Believe in it.

I appreciate that this sentiment might be an old adage, but the truth is clear for anyone to see, and believe it or not filters through everything you write (or should do) and everyone your writing connects with. There is good reason to be yourself when writing. A rule that is thrown around a lot amongst teaching new writers is to write what you know. This isn’t because you can’t write about anything you don’t know about. There are plenty of writers out in the world that are tasked to write about topics that they need to learn about through research. Writing what you know will often be a subject that is understood with clarity, emotion, experience and knowledge to substantiate your story.

Yet, simply writing what you know doesn’t necessarily guarantee you to write with a voice that is authentic to you and you alone. Just because you know a topic doesn’t necessarily mean you will bring your heart and soul into the narrative, and this is very much where your writing voice resides.

Here Are My Top 10 Tips in Connecting to Your Writing Voice

1) If connection is lost, step away. The break will do you good to reassess whether your old writing voice is still authentic to you. And, if you’re new to writing and struggling to find your voice, this is your first step. Being right here, right now.

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2) Step out into the sunshine if you can. Take a pad and pen or whatever device you choose. If you can’t access sunshine, find a quiet, warm area to sit and make sure you won’t be disturbed for a while.

3) Close your eyes. Breathe. Feel your breath fill your body. Exhale. Feel your shoulders relax. Repeat the process as needed until every part of you feels peaceful.

4) Allow the sun to sooth you. Allow the sun to reach into your chest and settle in your heart. Feel your heart glow. Feel the sun envelope you, comforting, supportive, and warm.

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5) Imagine yourself within your mind’s eye climbing down a ladder from your brain into your heart. When you reach your heart, a wiser version of you is waiting to embrace you and impart her truth.

6) Ask yourself, how can I connect with my writing voice – the one that will resonate with many? Right now, you should be feeling warmth, comfort and support to speak anything you choose, without judgement. Believe that what you have to say is valuable.

7) Ask yourself, what do I really want to say? You may hear many things, you may hear just one word, or you may hear nothing. All of this is okay, because this practice can be repeated as often as you choose. The more you practice being in the feeling of the glowing warmth of your heart, the more willing you’ll be to speak your truth, and to connect with the writing voice that will connect with the readers who need to read what you have to say.

8) Allow yourself to climb back up the ladder from your heart to your brain.

9) Bring focus back to your breath and the world around you.

10) Open your eyes and begin to write everything you feel in this moment. They can be words that surfaced during this practice, or they can be feelings you felt during this practice. Either way, you are beginning to connect with what is important to you, what drives you, what makes you feel safe, what makes you feel secure. Perhaps, if you’re familiar with this type of practice, you’ll begin to write the values of your writing voice and what your heart is most passionate about, this is your heart voice. A heart voice is authentically you. Quite often, we keep this hidden. Yet, this is the one that will connect with many. Have faith in others to receive you well.

Every writer should take the opportunity to connect with their writing voice on a deep level. This is where your most authentic writing is born. This is also where the strongest connections are made between a writer and a reader. To show your truth to your reader is a beautiful thing. There’s no need to be afraid of what you’re about to write. What you write should always come from the deepest place of authenticity. This is where the strongest of writing voices are born. And when a writing voice shows this much strength, connection and success follows.

Your Sincere Guide,

Cheryl
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