Mechanics Of Voice Part 1 by Judy Kukuruza

This is actually a two parter for establishing your “Voice” in your writing–learned from other writers and esteemed published professors of creative writing. We hope to help you learn as quickly as possible if you are struggling to find your “voice” in you writing.

1. Avoid cliches and being trite–a good writer is one who will avoid cliches as much as possible and use the original cliche as a jumping off point to reword, recreate some thing both trite and stale by stating the same in a creative and intriguing way. Readers become bored easily and a creative look at something everyone has heard over and over will pull them in and you are not simply repeating the same old things.
2. Try to avoid emotionally laden adjectives. Come up with new ones that can relate your passion without becoming a plea for sympathy. Few people desire to be pitied, but emotionalism may only elicit pity without the deeper thinking you, as a writer, wish to evoke. This applies to all genres. If your reader only surface reads, that same reader will pity the object, and quickly forget what you were writing about.
3. Succinctness. Make your reader work a little. Readers become more intrigued when they must think to understand what you are presenting. Sometimes it will keep a reader going on and on when the suspense is wondering what is TRULY happening that you are leaving for them to determine. You need to decide if you want an audience that wants pablum or thinking on their own.
4. Coining words is not a sin. Often, when there is no specific word to convey what you mean or want to say, to coin a word makes the reader an intimate part of your writing. It is “your word” and now they share. It is also “your unique voice.” Dare to use it.

Each of the above helps each writer to be an individual with an individual voice. Using just these 4 guidelines made us thinking writers. At first, it was hard! Especially with the trite sayings and cliches. It is a common malady and we used them just as so many do. But to have to stop and realize there could be a better, more creative way to state something helped so much. Maybe you don’t have any problems with any of the above. Congratulations! But it wasn’t until these four items were presented to us as we struggled, that we found our voice.

Hope this helps and the second part is coming about finding your voice in writing. It is PASSION.

We hope you will read it.


Judy Kukuruza’s book “One Body, Many Souls” can be found on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2FuA241; Their website is at https://onebodymanysouls.com/. Their blog is at https://storywritersthoughts.wordpress.com/.

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