Quick Tips: Defining Your Writer’s Voice

How do you discover and refine your writer's voice?


Every writer has their own voice, whether they’re aware of it or not. This isn’t to say that every writer uses the most perfect version of their voice right off the bat—that can only come with time (and some helpful tips courtesy of your friends here at C&T). But at its core, this voice—the essence of who you are—is present every time you put text to page.

So if we all have a unique writer’s voice, how do we discover it and make it the best version of itself? Read on for three quick tips for finding and refining your writer’s voice.

1. Practice, Practice, Practice

The first step is both the easiest and the hardest. The best way to uncover your writer’s voice is to write. And do it a lot.

The key to this step isn’t to write the same things over and over again. Experiment with different styles and themes. If you’re ever unsure of where to start, pre-written writing prompts are an excellent way to get into the habit of consistent, constant writing.

As you write, you’ll begin to notice what feels comfortable to you. When you read your writing back to yourself, pay attention to what sounds natural and what sounds forced. And once you’ve figured out the right way to write, you’ve figured out your writer’s voice. The practice shouldn’t stop there, though—keep practicing to develop your voice further. Practice makes perfect, after all.

2. Watch Your Tone

Don’t worry—this isn’t a scolding. Tone here refers to the attitude you approach the subject matter with.

Watch for which style of tone comes most naturally to you. Do you have a dry, quick wit? Are you more conversational? Do you prefer to take a more authoritative stance with your writing?