Mercy A. Ananeh-Frempong en Creative Writers, Writers, Bloggers Editor • Wanderbird Writer's Resources 18/3/2017 · 2 min de lectura · 1,2K

How do you discover, hone, and use your voice(s) as a creative writer?

 How do you discover, hone, and use your voice(s) as a creative writer?

Words on a page can hypnotize you if the rhythm is right. 
Tom Robbins
Creative writing is a search for self, even if you are writing about others, situations which do not apply to you, or inanimate things.

Some writers find their voices early. Some find theirs midway through their lifespan, or when their lives are coming to an end. Sometimes you meet writers who are echoes of other voices. Some writers may never find their voice(s). Also in this list are writers who have never had to seek; and people who transfer their voice(s) to others, be it their readers or listeners… And yes, it is possible to have more than one voice. See, voice is energy too, and it can have an extraordinary effect on those who come into contact with it.

To find your voice as a writer, you first need to find yourself. The 'inner you' which communes with silence, noise, melody, harmony, colours, monochromes, all or part of nature, atmospheres, and the various human and non-human conditions.

You may have to seek yourself in the abstract and in the factual, as well as the grey areas in-between. You will have to live the life you have; explore whatever options are open to you; go after the things you want and need, or learn to avoid or suffer the things you do not want.

You may succeed, fail, or get entangled in the grey areas in-between. Everything you're conscious of is fodder for creative writing. For the writer, writing is a journey of a lifetime. A lifetime of responding to the urge to write before, during, or after an experience. A lifetime of consciously or unconsciously choosing to write. A lifetime of working on your craft. A lifetime of trial and error.

Your voice is how you speak when talking to yourself. The way you talk to other people when you're being formal, or when you're happy or angry is also your voice. Incorporate your different tones in your writing. Let your creative writing show your moods.

Observe the world around you. Note people's mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. Pay attention to the things people say with the intent to learn something from them. Read about different types of plants and animals. Study the landscapes. Study your neighbourhood or another one which interests you. Travel when the opportunity presents itself. Explore your country. Explore cultures which are different from yours. Ask questions. When people share their opinions on any issue, choose to ask questions so you can learn more. Pay attention to moods and atmospheres. Observe yourself.

Feed your mind with books, the best you can find. Watch movies which make you think. Spend time watching short films. Many of them contain mind-growing information. Watch documentaries. Keep a journal. Write your thoughts down. Write down ideas. Explore topics in science, history, culture, politics, and spirituality. Be curious about ideas and philosophies which are different from yours. Put yourself out there every now and then. Be an observer and a partaker of life. The more you feed your mind with information, the more you develop your own ideas about life. 

Your voice develops when your mind generates ideas about life. Your voice is that intangible sound people hear when they read your words. Your voice is like raw gold birthed at the core of an exploding star. What you do with it is entirely up to you and the workings of the universe in your life. If you're a writer you will write. If you find yourself writing all the time you're a writer.  Keep searching for ways to master your craft. Keep writing.

Originally posted on my blog.

#15 Self-aware. exactly.

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Tausif Mundrawala 20/3/2017 · #15

Very few of them brought this point to light that in order become a writer you need to be self aware. I agree with you in all aspects, @Mercy A. Ananeh-Frempong

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#13 Well said. Thank you :)

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Robert Cormack 20/3/2017 · #13

Good piece, @Mercy A. Ananeh-Frempong. Our inner voice isn't exactly hiding. Most writers, particularly young ones, have trouble finding it because of the noice. We're subjected to so much noise. In the quiet of night, if you really listen, your inner voice talks a great deal. Once you develop an "ear," meaning you let that inner voice speak, it'll eventually translate onto paper. That's when people say "Your writing sounds like you." When it doesn't, it's simply people not listening. Thanks for the post.

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#11 Thank you, Claire. Best of the week to you too :).

Claire L Cardwell 20/3/2017 · #11

@Mercy A. Ananeh-Frempong - great tips in this article - have shared and followed you. Have an awesome week!

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#3 I agree with you, Jim. I had to test this out for myself to really be sure that writing was more than just a teenage pastime I indulged in. Over the years, no matter how many months I go without writing, I find myself coming back to it time and time again. I always have a journal or notebook with me to scribble thoughts down. Not to mention the neurotic self-editing when I writing even a comment or a simple the smell of paper. It's kind of sad but at the same time, it's therapy and an incredibly great activity when I'm doing it at my own pace. Many thanks for sharing my post :)


#5 I absolutely agree Marisa.

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