We all have a voice. And Whitney was dubbed the Voice. Ted Williams is dubbed, the golden voice, and Kevin Clash created the voice of Elmo (some very insightful things about voice and character in this interview).
The most important thing a writer must have is a voice that grabs and holds the reader and makes him want to read on past the hook, past the first page, past the first chapter and on to the end.
I have read dozens of blogs in the past two months and I came to realize that there are a few things that make me look forward to certain blogs—the voice of the writer; her take on and expression in the world. Is the voice authentic? Is the blogger trying too hard to be clever? Do I believe the writer even if I don’t always agree with her/his opinions? Does the writer speak my language? Or a language I can relate to? Ah, that’s getting closer.
When I started the journey with Kristen Lamb’s Blogging To Build Brand class to develop a blog, I didn’t realized that it would also be a journey to develop my voice. When Kristen helps us with log lines, she is trying to identify our voice. But our log line won’t keep the readers reading, it will only help us get their attention.
Do we have content with purpose or are we just rambling, trying to fill a page? Does the writer talk at, over or through me? Or does he speak to me.
I found great, in-depth advice on how to develop your voice over at Cori Padgett’s Copy Blogger site.
Do you have your blogger voice or are you still trying to develop it?
Have you seen development in other Wana peeps as we have traveled the path with Kristen’s class?
I’m sure your comments will help other peeps, bloggers and writers that are still confused so don't hold back.
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