The Purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
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Writers are insecurity experts. Most of us are insecure to begin with. Then we compare our work to others’, intensifying our self-doubt.
This is why developing our voice is so important. Voice is the one facet of our work that belongs solely to us. Each of our voices is one-of-a-kind, so comparison is meaningless. In a very real way, our writer’s voice transcends insecurity.
Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
Maybe you don’t tackle social issues or bleed meaningful philosophy into your work. Maybe you write comic space operas instead of literary tomes. Doesn’t matter. Your voice is everything.
Words in and of themselves are fixed, immutable. It is the words you choose and how you arrange them on the page that reflects who you are. That’s voice, and your voice is yours alone. With it, you can affect your reader as no other writer can.
You’ve heard it over and over: there are no new stories. But with each new writer comes the potential for a fresh voice.
When I put a book down, it’s rarely because of a recycled plot or weak protagonist. It’s because there’s nothing original to hold my interest. In essence, the story has no voice. With so many books in this world begging to be read, why would I waste my time with one that has nothing special to recommend it?
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
Whether you write for hire, for publication, or for yourself, let your words reflect what’s inside you. Be brave. Afford yourself the freedom to say things in your own distinctive way.
Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Pay attention to feedback, of course, but don’t let a critique affect you so deeply that you sacrifice what’s unique about your work to please someone else.
Fight insecurity by writing. Find your voice. Shout your truth. Sing the song that only you can sing.
Do you think voice can be taught?
What’s the Best way to develop voice?.