It’s time to find your voice! Finding your writing voice comes naturally to some but I think there are definitely more of us out there who find it a struggle. Take my first blog circusmums.com for example, you’d have been forgiven for assuming the person writing the posts in the first year was a different person from the person writing it a couple of years in. That’s normal though, the tone changed as my ability to write confidently in my authentic voice grew.
Do you ever find yourself mirroring people? I’m most definitely a mirrorer, is that a word? It should be. I slowly start to copy the intonation and sometimes subconsciously even the accent of the person I’m talking to in order to be fully understood and also as a way of connecting. For example, if I’m in the States, my words lose their t’s at the ends and I find myself asking for the garbage can even though I’d really like to ask where the bin is.
I’m totally guilty of mirroring the environment I’m in so that I don’t seem difficult, so that I fit in. The same can happen in blogging, you read loads of blog posts, realise you like a certain tone and then before you know it, you’re writing and using the same phrases and flows as the bloggers you admire. I get it. Imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, but it also means you’re spending time trying to be like someone else, when you should be working on being the best and most authentic version of you.
Nobody will have your thoughts, ideas or voice. Exploit the hell out of that.
I love Awesome Luvvy, I think her blog posts are some of the funniest shit out there, but there will ever only be one of her. Who will ever do Luvvy better than Luvvy? Nobody? That’s why after trying and failing to unleash my inner Luvvy in a blog post or two a couple of years ago, I realised that I had to go back to writing in my voice, even if it meant people wouldn’t howl with laughter in the same way they did when reading her words. So, I’ll say it once again, nobody will do you better than you, your thoughts, ideas and voice are unique to you, so go on, be epically, unapologetically you, in your voice.
I’m not using my authentic voice, what can I do?
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We should so learn, share and grow, I’ve already learnt how to write in my authentic voice, I want to share what I’ve learned with you so that we can all grow from strength to strength. That’s what this is all about after all right?
I’ve prepared this super useful worksheet to help you figure out what it is you stand for and get you to a point where you’re comfortable enough to show that through your writing. I told you, I’ve got your back! Once you’ve used it, let me know what you think, feel free to share it and spread the love.
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