Still trying to “find your voice” as a writer? That’s not how it works.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
There seems to be a myth percolating through certain parts of the writing world that everyone is born with a naturally amazing and perfectly-formed “writing voice” …
… but cruel “society” stomps it out of you, with all those darn rules and creativity-crushing expectations!
Alas! You just need to “find” it again!
Your “voice” is something you create — not something you find.
You weren’t born with a naturally amazing and perfectly-formed writing voice, any more than my brother was born with a naturally amazing and perfectly-formed capacity to play the saxophone and compose award-winning jazz pieces.
He created his voice as a musician, through daily practice, for decades. He’s still practicing. Always will be.
As a writer, you need to create your voice, too.
Creating your writing voice doesn’t have to be grueling or unpleasant, of course.
You can refine it by scribbling poems on bar napkins … by sending a sexy text to your sweetheart … by setting a two-minute timer and pouring your heart onto the page … by polishing up your bio … by writing a long overdue “thank you” note to someone you admire … drumming up a new blog post … or by crafting an email, with just a little extra love and care.
Our lives are saturated with words.
Opportunities to practice writing — to create your voice — are everywhere.
Seize the chances and enjoy the process.
You can’t “find” something that hasn’t been created yet.