Finding Your Voice

I used to live in the desert and drink from the Well of Right Words. One day, I walked until I found an unexpected oasis. Now I sip phrases from succulent fruit and inhale ideas carried by a wind that blows from beyond imagination.     ~Sandy Ackers

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People often talk about writers “finding their voice,” as if it’s a lost pet that ran out the door when someone carelessly left it open. We all have a voice, right? We speak. People understand us. But finding your voice as a writer can be a daunting task. You write a short story in the same way you talk, and it falls flat. You create a poem about your lost love and it sounds like a million others you’ve read.

There’s lots of advice out there for tapping into your unique writer’s voice. I just did a Google search on the subject and found many helpful tips: read a lot, imitate writers you admire, write the way you speak, be willing to write badly, don’t censor yourself, write about what you’re passionate about, write about what you’re afraid of…the list goes on.

Though I believe we’re all different and each have our own journey, I want to share my experience here. For me, finding my voice was simply a matter of writing. And writing. Then writing some more. I wrote all the time. I learned to write from my heart. I went where my writing took me, even when it seemed stupid or pulled me in the opposite direction I’d been intending to go. I did massive amounts of freewriting. I took classes and joined workshops. I wrote fiction, poetry, essays, experimental pieces, journal entries and more. I read authors I admired and noticed how they put words together in ways I found interesting.

And then I wrote some more.

Finally, one day, I knew I’d found my voice. I just knew it, the way you always know the most profound things in your life, if you let yourself. I felt it deep inside.

How did you find your voice as a writer? Or what are you doing to find it?

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2 Responses to “Finding Your Voice”

  1. 1 snellopy February 14, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Long time reader, first time commenter (I think). I agree with you. I’d been writing things for quite some time… mainly game related, or reviews, but writing none-the-less, then decided to try my hand at fiction. So I did some flash fiction, and started reading writing sites. A lot of them were talking about finding your voice, and I thought I should go looking for mine, but wasn’t sure how. Then after a short period of “looking” (though I’m still not sure how you’d define that) I realised I didn’t have to, I’d already unknowingly hit it from all the time I’d put in pounding keys in other formats.

    I’d also like to thank you for your creative bursts – I don’t always do them, but I read them and often come back to them later for inspiration, I really appreciate them!

    • 2 stranglingmymuse February 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It’s so nice to hear you’ve gotten some inspiration from my Creative Bursts!

      And thanks for sharing your experience with finding your voice. I’m also not sure how you define “looking” for your voice. For me, it was just writing, loving writing, writing some more and eventually realizing I had found my voice. Sounds like your experience was similar. And isn’t it wonderful to suddenly realize you’ve already unknowingly reached what you were searching for?

      Thanks a third time for being a long-time reader of this blog. It means a lot to me to connect with you!

      Best of luck with all your writing and other creative endeavors!


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