Finding Your Voice


1. Stop writing how you think you should write.

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We often try to be the sort of writer we think we should be and not the writer we actually want to be. 

At heart, I’m a fantasy writer and more sporadic than disciplined. It doesn’t mean I will never attempt to write other stuff but that’s where my heart lies.

2. Be honest with yourself.

Okay so I know we’re supposed to read the classics and gush over them but I’m going to go out on a limb and admit the truth: I don’t like a lot of classic literature. It’s not a popular viewpoint but it’s how I feel so read what you like to read. Your own voice will find its way out if you stay true to yourself.

3. Put aside thoughts of limitation.

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Think big and think without pressure.

Remember when you were a child and you had ideas for doing new projects and you didn’t care if they were never worked out. The greatest minds in the world allowed for experimentation. If you spend too much time thinking things aren’t possible then you’ll never get off the ground. Just enjoy it.

4. Don’t write for other people

It can be nerve-wracking putting opinions out there. It opens the door for people to disagree with you and put them down. But if you are writing what you think people want to hear and not what you believe then you won’t be happy with it.  This links back to number 2 and being honest with yourself.

5. Don’t take it personally.

This is by far the hardest thing for a writer. After all everything we write is personal. Yet often people just have different opinions and they are entitled to do so. Try to remain polite but keep doing what you believe in.

6. Forget everything you’ve learned about creative writing.

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After several years of reading about writing and learning everything you can, you’ll often find yourself suddenly at a standstill. What’s happened? You’ll wonder where you went wrong. Now is the time to forget everything you’ve learned and go back to basics. Write like you did when you first started writing. Without even knowing it, much of what you learned has sunk in and been integrated yet you have kept that love for what you are doing. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race, even as an aspiring writer. Remember why you started in the first place and you’ll keep on track. The main thing is to overcome that initial fear of how your writing will be received and what others will think.


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