Searching for What You Already Have – Daily Quote

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Lately, a topic has been surfacing in my feeds: finding your writing voice. It is not something I had considered. So, I searched for explanations and directions, only to find the best advice disappointing. Comments included the usual lineup of admonitions ranging from ‘just write,’ to ‘read more,’ and my favorite, ‘know your audience.’ While they have merit, they are insufficient in developing and allowing a voice to evolve. Once again, I rely on my own devices to generate an approach to my newest problem.

Here’s what I decided. To develop your unique style, you need to realize who you are. I am a numbers person, who appreciates facts and logic. Concise, pointed writing is important to me. I also enjoy surprising descriptions and singing words that embed themselves in your head like an ear-worm. My daily practice is a joy, and it is not work. Those qualities must seep into my stories.

Sharing your creations to gain feedback is another necessary step. Good critiques can confirm when your message hits the mark or identify where it falls short. When you internalize new information or write a new piece, it gives you knowledge, experience, maturity, and it changes you. As you change, your method of expression evolves. In time, you connect more deeply with the inner you.

Does your writing reflect your values?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

6 thoughts on “Searching for What You Already Have – Daily Quote

  1. firstly I salute and commend you on keeping this and the daily writing series every day of this year, come what may you have been here inspiring us readers and writers. many times wen i felt lifeless and blah, your writing and sharing has lifted my spirits, so thank you Jo, for being constant and unwavering in your support of writers. furthermore I think this piece speaks the loudest to me, my writing style has changed and yet my voice remains the same, makes sense? I will be looking forward to 2020 as the year I really hone skills and write everyday. I really am grateful the day our writing crossed paths. be blessed.

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    • You are so sweet, Gina. Your words never fail to inspire, and push me to dream of great things. If my words help even one person, then they have been worth every effort.

      I know your meaning. If you write what is inside, creating with your heart and soul, you can’t help but to have a clear writing voice. The inner essence is always present, some of us just need to remember to let it shine. 🙂

      I am really looking forward to 2020, I have a feeling it is going to be a stellar year. I plan to continue the Daily Quotes, and the Daily Writing Challenge will get a new look. I also plan to up my writing game. I look forward to sharing the path with you, my friend.

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      • You are amazing!

        I look forward to reading more off your pages in 2020, everything you share is wonderful guidance with a lot of depth. I am glad we inspire each other, it is so easy to not care.

        Blessings to you across the miles.

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