A great question most writers ponder besides “where’s my pen?” is how do I find my voice? Here are (5) ways to define your voice & stretch the boundaries of what that voice is.
Happy Thursday family! I pray that all is well and that your day moves expeditiously. I don’t know about ya’ll but, I cannot wait until Friday. This week has been exhausting and I am ready for a restart, renew, and refresh. Nonetheless, I am grateful to be granted another day and another opportunity to tackle my goals, kick out some new content, and talk to you all.
When I first decided that I was going to blog and create content was because it sounded good and I thought I’d be good at it. Boy, was I wrong. It wasn’t that I necessarily was bad at blogging I just wasn’t prepared for all it entitled. On top of all the hundred, million, trillion influencers, creatives, and bloggers on the Gram it will definitely have you second guessing yourself.
I remember asking my husband a few weeks ago “what do you think that I’m good at?’” He told me talking (inserts side eye). Before I could make a smart remark, he shared with me that he believed so much passion shines through when I speak and he believed that I was naturally an inspirational person. I hear that often and I don’t take that compliment for granted either. My challenge was translating that into content. Does the content I create have a unique style? Because without personality there’s really nothing to distinguish you. In order to stand out, you need to find your voice. I needed to find mine.
Personality, unfortunately isn’t a course that you can take. So how can we put out own unique spin on the stuff we create?
1. Know What you Want
Before you even think about creating, the number one thing you should ask yourself is “Why are you doing this” Unless you know why your making content most of the stuff you end up posting or writing about will translate as insincere, unfocused, or pointless. One thing that I’m learning is that it is important to establish what my goals are from the jump! Because, what you’re aiming to accomplish will most definitely have an impact on how you put forward your ideas and thoughts.
2. Express Yourself
One thing that I’m learning as a blogger is that it is important for you to share your opinion. I strongly believe that there must be a balance between writing and creating around what your audience wants to see and hear versus what you want to share with your audience. Your audience will want to know exactly who they’re following. The goal is to be relatable but true to yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in all the many influencers out here. But, one amazing version of you is way better than a carbon copy of someone else. So speak up!
3. Share your Passion
Participating in the Mattie James Consistency challenge has truly opened me up to this one. Writing blog posts everyday really opened my eyes to what types of things flowed more naturally as I write versus racking my brain thinking of ways I can share with people about editing pictures from their phones, or my favorite apps. Don’t get me wrong,all those topics are important because people genuinely need help in that area however, what do I want to be known for? What would you like to be known for?
4. Find a Role Model (Or Several)
All my friends know I vouch for the G.O.A.T herself The Mattie James! She truly changed the game for me. There are a few other people such as Courtney Sanders who is a beast on entrepreneurship and digital products. Find writers or creators you think you might have somethings in common with or people who you admire. Look at how they convey themselves and from that point develop from a standpoint that works for you. It’s one to be inspired, but don’t copy!
5. Imagine you’re Having a Conversation While you Write
A recent example of this was my blog post from yesterday: Losing It: To the Mama Struggling with Patience. I recently told a friend of mine that I am ready to give it to them raw! Vulnerable, powerful,and transparent (without telling all my business). What I believe I am called by God to do and speak about has to be delivered boldly. All that I’ve went through wasn’t just for me. What we go through and overcome allows us to be the light at the end of the tunnel for others. Have a conversation through your words. That definitely makes things flow easier for me and makes it simple to read. Just like a natural conversation does.
All of us has a unique calling and attached is a one of a kind voice. Sometimes, it can seem like a bit of a challenge but,the best advice that I can give is to sit with yourself. Sometimes, that looks like getting up before everyone else in the morning or just stopping all that you’re doing and allow God to speak through you. The words verbally transform to words on paper almost simultaneously when you’re still. Try it and let me know how it works out for you.