I write and I work with students to help them write. It’s always exciting to begin to hear their voice as they write. Here are some quick tips to help with that.
1. Check out The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. She recommends to write non-stop in the morning for about 15 minutes or 3 pages. By page 2 or 3, I always found that thoughts and voice revealed themselves. If you like this, go through the self paced Artists’ Way Program. I have loved it each time and completed it twice. Each time, I get more confident with my writing voice.
2. Read diverse works. It just helps to get a sense of many people’s writing. I was in an online writing group for three years, reading many different writers. This helped me see different issues in writing. But reading diverse works can be helpful too. It can increase your own range of words and voice.
3. Try writing prompts. There are many free sources online and I have purchased little booklets of writing prompts from the bookstore. Then there is Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones.
4. Join a weekly writing group that is kind. Or don’t join any. What I mean is, you don’t want to be shut down by mean critics, BUT you need to be accountable and eventually you want to hear how your work resonates, or not, with others. But accountability is a must. You must write regularly and revise. If a writing group helps you do this, great.
5. Write. Revise. Someplace. Start a blog. It’s not about how many readers you have in the beginning. It’s about writing and discovering what you think, and how you put your thoughts into words in that unique way.
Bonus Idea: Learning a new language can open doors to your own writing voice and language. It can be a great way to expand the vocal range in writing.
Ultimately, we want to hear how you process truth, love and beauty for us, the readers. What can we learn from you? You have a perspective only you can see and share.