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The Writer’s Voice

Discover your voice. Determine how it is different
from all other voices. Make it hot for yourself.
Get to where the jeopardy is.

A writer’s voice. What is it really? I’ve been pondering upon this since last year, and have been trying to find my voice. At first, after reading other blogs and appreciating the way some people can write with humor and candor, I thought my voice was that of a serious writer. But then again, I wondered if that isn’t what’s called writing style. Or is that one’s niche?

Late last year, when journalists from all over the globe were arriving in our country to cover the arrival of yet another supertyphoon that threatened to pummel our already supertyphoon-weary archipelago, I told myself I should also blog about typhoon Hagupit. I started with the intention of writing about the supertyphoon and the preparations being done to prevent casualties, but in the end, the blog post centered on prayer. That was a twist that happened as I was writing, and I wonder if somewhere in that blog post my voice came out.

I wonder the same thing about another blog post in my other blog. I set out to write a piece about a tradition I knew nothing about, so I researched its history and thought I would write about it. I was able to include a bit of history, but then the words flowed and I wrote them and then the blog post took on an entirely different direction.

For now, a “writer’s voice” seems to mean that I am at least confident enough to think that I have something good to write about and that I do write about it, unlike in the past when I just “wrote” it in my mind. I think I am at last giving space for something that flows from within. Is that my writer’s voice? I still don’t know, but I would certainly like to give it more attention and allow it to flow more freely.

What do you think it is, this writer’s voice?

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  1. Good post! I have two different writer’s voices (is that possible?) – one for humour and one for serious writing. I just wish I could decide which one to settle on..


  2. I have experienced the writing-as-a-voyage-of-discovery phenomenon, too–I think I have a topic, but by the end of the journey, I’m at a completely different destination.

    Your ‘voice’ meditation is so interesting. When I taught writing, I could definitely tell the author without looking at the name on the paper–the tone, the choice of words, the sentence structure. But is that style or voice? Is voice something deeper, more authentic? I’m very interested to read the responses you get to this post!


    • Thanks for sharing your experiences Pam! Isn’t it intriguing? We set out to write about something and then come up with another thing. I’m not surprised to learn you once taught writing – it shows in the way you write.

      I’m digging deeper into the question of writer’s voice…and will write about it in another blog post….hopefully…!

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