What is writing voice? What you can do to speed up the process.
Welcome back to my writing tips blog. This post defines what voice is all about and points to a few helpful tips. Although voice is something that develops gradually for each writer- there are things that you can do to make your voice more clearly heard, and help you to stand out as a writer.
Voice is the way you tell a story and the sum of all the choices you make to do it. This goes for both formal and informal. A combination of language and ideas, words, paragraphs and tone. Your voice is unique. If you study the authors that you enjoy reading, then you will see that they have a unique voice, in that it is recognizable to readers.
At first, this is hard, but after a while it comes naturally. Read much. Don't copy another author's style. Many new writers do this.
Insights and attitudes add to a writer's voice, especially if you are blog posting. Adding your own ideas will give more authority to your writing. Margaret Lucke author of Writing great short Stories, refers to voice as to how "artful" the story is told. She says a writer's best tools are curiosity, and a love of language. One of her books was used in my creative writing course.
In my experience, most teachers of writing caution the use of the passive voice both in professional and fiction writing. Passive voice makes the writing sound ambiguous. See the following examples:
It was decided that the proposed policy would be adopted (passive voice).
The board of directors decided to adopt the proposed policy (active voice).
A lot of corporate writing is passive, they often sidestep important issues or provide a mask of anonymity. There are copywriters to simplify this process. On the other hand, fiction requires much more boldness and daring language.
Remember that words are your tools, so use them carefully.
Spend some time finding your writing voice. It helps to imagine your ideal reader, and write only to him. See more at goinswriter.com/writing voice. What worldview or culture does your reader see?