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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR VOICE (1/2)

HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR VOICE (1/2)

  1. Write: The best way to develop your writing voice is to write.
  2. Live your best life: Having wild experiences or even a singular take on mundane experiences will always help your writing. How do you feel about these events?
  3. Dear Diary: Journal entries are letters to yourself. You're not really supposed to go back and look at the writing
  4. “You better watch yourself!”: Watch TV and films to get the cadence and rhythm of distinctive styles.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Part 2: How Do You Develop Your Voice and Know It Is Unique?

  1. If it ain’t bolted down: Read everything- scripts, poems, novels, non-fiction, web content, tweets, even text messages. Highlight things you like, incorporate it into your unique blend until it feels like all your own.
  2. Channel your heroes: There's another exercise where you write the same scene as if you're a different writer. Shonda It.
  3. Phone a friend: ASK people who know your writing and see what resonates with them and what stands out.
  4. Act up: Take an improv, acting class, try standup, do a podcast.
  5. Be a Dictator: Dictate your writing and then listen to it.

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What makes a Distinct Voice
  • YOUR POV: Your perspective on the world, how you see it, and how your background influences the types of stories you tell and what your characters say and do.
  • YOUR STYLE: Includes tone, word choice, syntax (how the words are used), sentence structure, descriptions, how you write action, the style of dialogue, punctuation, use of metaphor, breaking the fourth wall, magic realism, etc. It does not include emojis as of now.
  • YOUR THEMES: The common themes that come up in your work, regardless of genre. It is what you’re trying to say about the human/animal/robot/alien experience.

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Use a microphone to record your voice.

Launch a sound recording app on your computer or smartphone. Then, adjust the audio input settings so that it records a pure, unaltered version of your voice. Practice singing to various songs and recording the outcome.

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Writing Daily

To build a habit of daily writing, try to get three pages of writing done every day. It can be about anything and it’s important that you write all without editing or censoring.

Daily writing can be used to clear your mind, think out loud and troubleshoot problems, thoughts and anxieties. But before you start, figure out why you personally want to write more often as this will help push you forward when things are tough.

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