Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU
Finding your voice by Christopher Meeks Developing a voice in your writing is a notion that passes over me every now and then like the "thung" sound of an error message on my computer. "I should develop a voice," I think. "My voice is off today," I think. "Maybe I should work on that voice thing," I think. To some people, the image of "voice" may be akin to a rotund person belting something out in Italian in front of a lot of penguin-suited people paying big bucks waiting for the crystal to shatter. Or, if that metaphor's a bit too extreme, think of "voice" as simply like your own voice. Since most of the information on the Web is text, you want your text to have a real voice, like your own. I can recognize voice in other people's work. One of the great voices of the century is Ernest Hemingway. Is there a way to work on "voice"? OK, we aren't Hemingway... We all want to change the way the next few generations speak, write, and think. How do we do that? Most days I don't worry about voice.
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