Finding your #writer’s voice | The Writing Chimp

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Are any of you confused about what the phrase “find your writer’s voice” entails? This article by The Writing Chimp, (Georgina Cromarty), is a concise breakdown of what it means as a writer to be heard with your own authentic voice when readers take in our words.

A writer’s voice can be an illusive thing. It is easy to see when you are not using it, but hard to know you have found it unless you are an experienced writer with enough books under your belt to be comfortable in being quintessentially you.

You often instinctively know when you are allowing your conscious fears to get in the way of what you really want to say, but it can be so difficult to do something about it. Whether it is word choice, style choice, character choice, or some other choice you are smothering, it can be really hard to quash your inner critique and just let the inner writer out.

So what is the definition of a writer voice?”  . . . Read more here 

The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an author, a combination of their common usage of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works) Source Wiki.

I came across another excellent post from another wonderful author Claire Fullerton about finding your writing voice –

“Writers, do not doubt your voice


“I’ve heard it said the first important step in writing is finding ones voice. I’ve also heard authors confess that when they write, they don’t read another author for fear of voice influence, however deep within the subconscious another’s voice may land. Perhaps some writers think another’s voice may outshine their own, tempt them to compare themselves with some imagined standard of excellence, throw them into self-doubt where they fear their own voice doesn’t measure up to the lofty mark of a more firmly established writer . .”

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23 thoughts on “Finding your #writer’s voice | The Writing Chimp

  1. Great article on voice. This voice thing can get confusing, especially when you have characters who need their own voices. You (as author) can’t sound like them and you have to make that they don’t sound like each other…oy vey! 😉


  2. Sometimes I think our voice can also be our prison. One constituent of my ‘voice’ is omitting adverbs, but this only works when writing non-fiction, so my fiction ‘voice’ is straining to find itself.


    1. Thanks again for commenting. And don’t we all struggle to omit the dreaded adverbs. 🙂 Fiction and nonfiction writing are certainly two different games.


  3. Great share, thanks.
    I have always struggled with not allowing my latest read (if it’s good) influence my writing of the moment -so easy to do! I can recognise exactly what I was reading at the time, when I’m editing.
    I hope I’m getting better at staying true to my own ‘voice’, but I still have to be wary.


    1. Thanks for sharing that Deb. I think only with each new book do we start to feel more familiar with our own writing style and voice. We’re always learning.:


  4. Yeah this is an interesting one. Like you know you someone has a voice when you can pick their work out of an anonymous crowd. But Pinning down what exactly it is that gives someone a voice is hard.


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