Creative Writing Tips #2: Find Your Voice

Welcome to another session of creative writing tips! Remember that this isn’t so much a class as it is just something that exists to help kick-start the writing talents many of you have. If you haven’t read the first one, you need to start there.

So, if you’ve followed me to this point, you know that the most important thing for you to do is simply put your pen to the paper (or more accurately in this society, finger to keyboard).

The natural evolution to sitting down and writing is the capability to find your own writing style and nuances. Really, writing outside of the rigid structures of textbooks and essays allows you to understand how you convey the problems and feelings this life has to offer.

Are you an informal “artist” who would prefer to deliver your message through patterns and descriptions? Are you a grammar Nazi, who must have strict English to get your point across? Are you articulate, and must find the perfect word for every circumstance? A combination of all of them?

As you write, do you come to the conclusion that these features help or hurt you? This is really all up to your opinion of yourself. The “artist” may find blogging to be the perfect avenue to mix and match expressions and emotions in a manner which people find entertaining or inspirational. At the same time, the “grammar Nazi” is a perfect fit for teaching others ideas and facts. The “articulate” writer may be a perfect novelist one day.

Each person must analyse his or her writings, and find their own “voice” in the words. So this time, I want you to explain something you know a lot about as if writing to a friend. Pick one of these four topics, or create your own.

1. How to start playing a musical instrument.
2. How to figure out what’s wrong with your computer.
3. How to cook your favorite dish.
4. How to keep organized.
5. How to do whatever it is you’re talented at.

You can do this on paper, or it’d be really cool if you did it in the comments. After you finish, take a look at what you’ve written. Was it creative or technical? Did you joke around, or were you serious to the core. You may find your writing style mimics your style of conversation. Find out, and then embrace it in all of your future writing projects. Your audience will feel the most comfortable when you’re the most comfortable.

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.

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  1. I love this. So helpful. I tend to be a poetic type of writer…love to paint pictures with words. I am not wonderful at the structure of story, coming to a point. Maybe then I would be more of a situational or short story kind of writer. It’s fun to explore.

    1. Thank you for your support of my blog. I love and envy poetic writers. It’s never easy using words to craft feelings in your reader’s imaginations. I actually took a look at some of your works on your site and really like them. Anyway, keep in touch, and like my blog on Facebook or Twitter if you want. 🙂

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