And let readers know your works by your voice.
As soon as I opened my mouth, friends knew it was me, even before caller ID. All I had to say was hey.
Although I’m not particularly fond of teasing about my accent, I do want anyone who reads my book to recognize my writing. In a good way of course. Don’t you?
A few days ago I wrote tips on how to avoid writing like a newbie, which is my biggest fear. Even bigger than selling no books. Well, maybe they’re both my number one fears. A writer can have two at the top right? Anyway, the previous post was about how the pitfalls of word choice can show your newbie-ness. Seems there are way too many pitfalls to avoid. Thank God for Beta readers and Editors. Of course, I have to finish the manuscript and swallow my insecurities and turn my baby over to them. I think that’s also why I procrastinate on finishing the damn thing. But back to the topic at hand.
Anytime I can find a tip to help improve my chances of producing an amateurish, embarrassing book, I leap on it.
Kiara Mijares at The Writing Cooperative gives us three tips to help in her article –
Click and read — You’re killing your writing voice. Here are 3 ways to stop
What I learned about keeping my writing voice alive.
- The first thing I need to remember is to use my voice!
- Like I often admonished my kids, “Think before you speak.” I need to apply the same principle to writing. After all, we’re speaking our story on to paper.
- Again, as a mom, many a time, I reminded my kids, “You best remember who you’re talking to.” Another lesson I need to apply to my writing. As Kiara points out, we are striking up a conversation with a reader.
- As with any good conversationalist, learn to listen. Listen to the reader. If a conversation is one-sided it becomes a speech.
- Keep story tight and concise. Cut like a maniac with a switchblade.
- Don’t stop to edit when writing that first draft. (A big problem for me.)
- Speak aloud as you write to avoid sounding like a robot and to find a natural rhythm. (Hmm, this might help me stop editing as I go. Gotta try it.)
What do you think? Any of this ring a bell?
Does a reader instantly know you’re voice?
Have you ever thought about speaking aloud as you type?
What is your number one fear as a writer?
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