Saturday, November 20, 2010
Finding Your Writer's Voice...
A Guest Post
By Nikola Hartmann
"We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." – John Holt
Have you ever been with a person who is a supersized bore? Or worse, someone who goes on and on about nothing? Talk about annoying! Well, it’s the same with writing.
Whenever someone tells me they like my voice, I tend to get a little giddy. My writing voice is something I’ve worked hard on. And even though it’s not fully “cultivated” – I’m pretty satisfied with most of the articles I write.
Your voice is how you say your thoughts.
And the inner voice you use when you’re alone.
It’s the warm congenial voice you take when talking with those you love.
And that sincere, honest voice that makes your readers feel they’re right there beside you.
J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are two of my favorite books. Both American classics. Both written in authentic, honest, unpretentious ways that make it easy to enter an exclusive boarding school and New York City mid 1950s, and depression era Alabama. Salinger and Lee have “likable voices”.
Yours should be too. It should make your reader want to spend time with you. And leave feeling rewarded. Likeable writing isn’t a performance. It’s a sincere expression of your thoughts. A connection with the inner you.
Learn to connect with yourself. And above all … write. The voice will come.
Have you found your writer's voice? If so, how would you describe it and what was the process? Do you find someone else's writer's voice distinctive? Do share...
Bio: Nikola Hartmann is a freelance writer and blogger. She is the creator of Live Well for Less and a contributor at the Coffeehouse for Writers blog.
Image: Rasmus Thomsen