Lately I’ve been thinking quite a lot about voice and what that means. How do you find your voice? Project the right words and images onto the page?
In our increasingly digital world, many of us communicate daily via writing—a post online, a comment, an email. And how we craft those words and sentences say something to our reader—projects a certain image or tone or creates an impression.
In your writing, it’s important to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it. Choose your words carefully. What image or message do you want to impart? How can you draw your readers in? How much time are you willing to devote to creating your voice? What risks do you want to take in your writing?
Writers have lots of different motivations for what they write. Sometimes their muse is sparked by an interesting thought or situation. Sometimes the motivation to write is deeply personal – shared experiences and thoughts – perhaps as a form of healing or to serve another purpose for the writer. Sometimes the writer simply has an interesting story to tell – an idea sparked in the midst of everyday life that suddenly takes on a life of its own. How that message is imparted is important.