At the time of writing this post, I have only about twenty live posts on this website. I’ve been working at it for over 10 months.
Writing is hard, y’all.
It take a lot of work. One day I recorded the time of research I spent on one post, which includes the post copy, the graphics and links. Then I added on the social media elements. The entire thing took 4.5 hours.
Yes, I put 4.5 hours of work into this post.
I also put writing time in at work to develop content for their website.
Practice. You have to practice writing to find your voice.
20 posts strong and I’m still finding my voice. But I’m practicing. And the more practice that goes in the strong your voice is going to be. (The writing will become easier, too).
If writing is intimidating, then you need to schedule time to write.
If you use the “get to it later” mentality, then you’ll end up like me trying to hurry in accomplishing a lot of work before the end of the year.
Share. Share your content on your social media channels. Announce it to the world that you’ve started writing.
Ask for people’s opinions. Ask them to comment. Ask them to engage with you.
If you’re writing for yourself, such as in a journal, then it’s fine to keep it private. But if you’re starting a blog, then ask people for feedback.
Read. Read other articles. Read articles that interest you. Read articles that don’t. Read articles that you disagree with and comment on them.
Sometimes, it’s good to listen to other voices to help shape your own. Other voices can offer clarity during a time when you’ve only been listening to your own thoughts.
Re-read. Re-read your own work. You may find that something you wrote in six months ago is outdated. You can update your old work. You write a follow-up about your old work and why your opinion has changed.
Things Take Time
Finding your voice takes time. Finding your voice takes practice.
Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t overthink it. Just start writing.
As you write, take notice of topics that are easy for you to write. Try to write on those topics again and again and again. The easier it is for you to write about, then then more you’ll want to write.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps your going. – Jim Rohn
What have you tried to make yourself more comfortable finding your writing voice? Let me know in the comments below.