What Is a Written Voice?
If you couldn’t tell, I am fascinated with the written voice. It’s the cornerstone of the work I do for my clients. If you don’t know how to voice your writing, it’s important you learn.
Being able to capture your essence in writing, and then to connect that essence to your audience
There are many iterations of what a written voice consists of and it is a difficult thing to articulate. I like to think of a written voice as your personality jumping off of the page through your words.
For business, it’s being able to create that core personality through genuine and consistent content that reflects who you really are and what your business does.
Voice is the distinctive style or manner of expression of an author or narrator….voice is one of the most elusive yet important qualities in a piece of writing.
Why it’s important.
The most important thing your content can do for your business is helping it stand out.
If you can voice your writing, you can attract the right people to your audience who will more readily become your clients.
When you are expressing your words within the container of ‘true-self’, you inevitably attract others who align with your values.
A strong written voice creates a boatload of trust and kinship before you ever have even one conversation with a potential client.
Use your content to leverage trust. If you are writing true to who you authentically are, people will already know you well and trust your business by the time they sign with you.
How to voice your writing.
Not gonna lie – it ain’t easy. I work with clients on the front end of their content creation strictly to identify and create their written voice. It’s an essential part of my business writing process that I couldn’t live without.
If I didn’t do this, I’d likely be churning out redundant, cliche-ridden crap for my clients that everyone else in their industry has already said, in the same ways they say it.
That being said, I’ll often have to convince people to stay true to their own strengths, their own real values, their own personalities, rather than mimic someone else’s. It can be very tempting to recreate what’s out there if it’s a good-sounding buzzword or catchphrase.
Even I have grappled with how to voice my own writing from time to time because it can be scary to wear your heart on your sleeve in the digital space. It’s something I consciously and consistently develop and tweak.
If you want to get better at creating content that is well voiced, here are some simple ways that can help:
Write and Write and Write Some More
The more you write, the more practice you will get in developing your voice. And the more comfortable you will be publishing content that shows your vulnerability.
If you don’t have time to write, don’t like writing or don’t know what to write then
Plan it Out
For most of us, voicing our writing is not an overnight process. Planning and clarifying your business purpose, unique value and key messages will strengthen and define your voice’s presence.
You can add elements to your voice over time as they are uncovered. Even if you don’t hire a professional, it is still important to have a purposeful, thought-out approach to voice your writing that’s based on that clarity.
To help with this, I have developed a Soul Fire Bio workbook. This free resource will help you frame your tone, your style and personal attributes that make you and your story unique.
A lot can be said for SEO, algorithms and Adwords. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING will resonate more with people than when you can provoke emotion through genuine thoughts in writing.
As Maya Angelou famously said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
If you can take what you offer in business, explain it clearly and then connect that to real emotion, you have will have created a business writing masterpiece.
If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it.
– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
My personal motto is this: If what you have written scares you, publish it. It may not be liked, agreed upon or accepted by everyone. But that should never be your goal in writing or in your business.
You have a niche market, likely built around your own values and goals and you need to convey those things in a way that speaks to those people. You need to be you in as wholly a way you can be.
While I don’t promise these tips to be easy, I do believe they are effective.
Comment below and tell me about your successes and challenges with creating a voice in your writing.
I’d love to help you go deeper into finding your written voice. Check out my Find Your Goddess Voice pre-recorded training or set up a free Content YOU discovery call to learn more about my 1-1 content services.