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How to find your voice 148528_
Ideas from a free class by Jeff Goins

What is voice?
1. It’s your style
2. It’s your unique way of expressing yourself
3. It’s how you see the world

Why do we read the authors we read?
1. We believe in them
2. We resonate with their worldview
3. We like the way they tell a story
4. We trust them

Who are you and what do you want to say, how do you want to say it? Until you become Hemmingway or Faulkner you may be uncomfortable with your style of writing. Some people will like to read your stuff even if you say the same thing someone else says because you say it in a way they like. It is not a good idea to try to copy someone else’s voice, but it is a good idea to think about what you like that others write and learn from them.

How long does it take to find your voice? A long time! Maybe not until you write five or six books, or maybe a lot less.

How do you become a great writer? Begin writing! Set aside 30 minutes at a certain time. (my note: it is best to do it at the same time of day in the same place) Don’t try to do 3 hours to begin with. Just write what interests you and don’t worry if it is good or bad. Don’t get up until you have written something. Don’t edit it until later, just get as much content down as you can. You have plenty of time to improve it. Worrying about whether what you write is good or not will hinder the flow of ideas. The secret to success is to write, write and write some more.

Stephen King says the secret of becoming a great writer is butt glue. In other words sit down and write!

Ask for feedback from friends and blog readers. Hey you all, leave a comment, what are some things you don’t like and like about this blog? Be honest!


  1. I love this post. I am trying to work the things you suggest. I was just going to like and deviate elsewhere today until I spotted my favorite quote ever you have there on Twitter. By Jim Elliot. I have that on FB as my top quote.

  2. Truthfully, I never thought about what my voice was before. But you’re right. It is a certain style. I tend to be chatty and person, trying to lighten the load with a little humor sprinkled in for fun. Thanks for the clarification! Love the post. Oh, and don’t change what you’re doing. I enjoy reading what you write.

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