Writing Tip 12: effective writing flows from using your own voice. I don’t know if anything is more important. We don’t need more sound-alikes in this world—we need unique people. Maybe you don’t like your voice, which is okay, you can work on it. Your voice will eventually find an audience that really connects and resonates with it.

C. S. Lewis wisely observed that we read to find out we’re not alone. There are people out there that are going to really appreciate your voice, especially as you find it. The more you write the more you’ll develop your voice; the way you look at things, the way you say things, the way you describe things. A writer’s voice is similar to a singer’s; you can listen to a famous singer and you recognize them by the sound of their voice. They sound like themselves, not like other singers, because they have their own voice.

Tip Number 12 is effective writing (that kind of writing that makes us glad we read it) flows from you using your own voice. So get out there and discover it and develop it and stick with it. You’ll find writing to be a joy when you pull that off.

-Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand
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