As an aspiring author, finding a voice that stands out as unique and interesting is important. How important you ask? Well imagine standing in a crowded room filled with people reciting their stories. You try to raise your voice, to draw attention to yourself, but you can only do so much. So what do you do? You build yourself up.
Your writing needs to have a unique voice, something likable and original (though true originality is essentially an extinct concept these days). So model your voice and your writing in a way that’s desirable to others. Blend styles and tell stories that haven’t been beaten to death a million times. Or, if you want to tell a story like that, tell it in a unique way it hasn’t been told before. That’s how you stand out among your peers.
So things like writing analyzers and bs meters might be tempting, and even a bit amusing, but they’re all based on personal opinion. But, if you are curious (like I was), you can click the link below to “Analyze your writing!”. The analyzer compared my style with Dan Brown, writer of The Da Vinci Code. And while that is a huge compliment, I don’t put much stock into it. I want to find my own voice as a writer, and I’m working every day to do so.
A good writer reads. All. The. Time. And not just other works in their genres either. You get your damn hands on anything you can, dammit! You learn how to writer by reading other writers’ work. I openly admit that the interaction between my characters has grown tremendously thanks to writers like Nora Roberts. In fact, one of my favorite trilogies is her Sign of Seven. And even now I’m reading her Chesapeake Bay series. She does an amazing job molding characters with depth and forming true connections within the main cast. The point is: blend together the styles of authors you like, and create your own based on all you learn.
How did you find your voice in writing? What authors have influenced you? If you like this blog, feel free to subscribe and follow me on Twitter @DarreckWKirby.